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Funding complements, supplements Gandara-Matuginao road project

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 20) -- With the steady pour of funding sources for the Gandara-Matuginao road project, it won't be very long before Matuginao town is re-connected to the growth center in Gandara town.

In an interview with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Engr. Virgilo Eduarte bared that one funding came after another to steadily support the on-going road project to Matuginao.

On July15, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the inauguration of the Sto Nino Bridge in Gandara town. Considered as the biggest hurdle in the obstacle course called Gandara-Matuginao road project, the bridge brought hope to the once abandoned dream of pursuing the rocky road.

But with the attention of national leaders being focused, Eduarte said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) allocated some millions from the Farm to Market Road Project.

Still another funding worth P 25 M will stretch the rocky road more, nearing its final destination called Matuginao.

As some more smaller bridges need more funds, Representative Reynaldo Uy of the First District also vowed to set aside funds if only to complete the road network.

DPWH also supplied the information that some P20M has been set aside for the completion of Barruz Bridge.

A health worker who hails from Gandara informed PIA that construction is going on in the road stretch.

In a phone interview with Vice Mayor Aran Boller of Matuginao, he said that once completed it could really spell a big deduction in the freight of their farm produce.

It will not just be cheaper but faster because for thirty minutes, the trip is over compared to the boat ride for four hours.

Boller also disclosed that Governor Milagrosa Tan is interested to fund the road for another P 22 M.

Earlier on, Matuginao Mayor Carlos dela Cruz articulated his wish for the rehabilitation of the deteriorating road to finally reach this heart of Samar.

Some residents still recall when Matuginao town was still linked to Gandara through the road network constructed by Rolito Go, but big floods destroyed the road and cut Matuginao town from the road network. Matuginao folks resorted to the Gandara River for transportation.

But the mayor himself admitted the more expensive freight is charged by boats.

With this new development and the steady flow of funding from the national government through various means, the 20 kilometer road will be completed soon enough to usher economic activities in the area. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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