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Gatanguit-Calbiga road nears completion

by Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 27) -- The Gatanguit-Calbiga road package 4 is nearing completion, this was bared by the OIC Engr. Roger Dumlao of the EC de Luna construction Company in charge of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) funded road network in Samar.

In an interview with Dumlao, he said that some eight kilometers is left with the project.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Samar Engr Nestor mate said that the target completion for the project is this March 2009.

This is why in the job fair at the DPWH Samar, EC de Luna did not participate anymore.

EC De Luna however told PIA than since the start of the road project, they have employed some 500 locals following the 70% local employment int the contract.

Presently, motorists have observed that even at night time, EC De Luna is still doing construction.

When asked whether EC De Luna construction company was affected with the news about the World Bank debarment of De Luna, Dumlao said he is not necessarily affected and will just deliver their job.

As to their reactions with some citizens hollering that what they are doing is a haphazard job, Dumlao said, "sanay na kami".

They just try to do their job, he said and let the consultants and the DPWH judge their work.

It will be recalled that when the three Bishops of Samar along with some concerned citizens from the three Samar provinces, met for the Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD) this month, they passed a resolution seeking an investigation in the road construction citing that the concrete base is weak and that the aggregates supplied come from government officials.

As the project nears completion, Dumlao said a team of consultants and an inspectorate team from the DPWH will examine the 'finished product' and will become the ultimate judge whether the road stretch of 59.3 kilometers worth more than one billion will really stand the test of time! (PIA-Samar) [top]

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