The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the improvement of access roads that will connect rural communities to main highway and hasten transport of agricultural products in the city of Passi and the municipality of Leganes, Iloilo.
DPWH Iloilo 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO) has completed 556.8 lineal meters of portland concrete cement paving, connecting Iloilo-Capiz Road (New Route) to Passi-San Rafael-Lemery-Sara Road for seamless travel to neighboring coastal towns.
Based on the report to Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan and Undersecretary Roberto R. Bernardo, the access road project is intended to boost socio-economic activities in the city, which serves as the province’s main source of sugar and other related products, by providing a faster route for trucks transporting sugarcanes from farms to mill.
DPWH Region 6 Director Nerie D. Bueno explained that the concrete road now serves as an alternative route for motorists and commuters going to the northern part of the province leading to the gateway of Boracay Island and the provinces of Capiz and Aklan without passing through the congested section of the Iloilo-Capiz (New Route) along Passi City.
The P15 million road concreting project was implemented through the Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade Industry (ROLL-IT) Program with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
On the other hand, DPWH Iloilo 4th DEO has finished paving a 1.29-kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) in Barangay Guihaman, Leganes, which traverses rice fields and other agricultural lands, allowing for more convenient and cost-effective transport of products.
The FMR also reduces travel time and traffic congestion by serving as an alternate route to Iloilo International Airport without passing through Iloilo Circumferential Road, considering the ongoing construction of flyovers along the main thoroughfare.
The road concreting project was implemented in the amount of P9.68 million under the Sustainable Infrastructure Project Alleviating Gaps (SIPAG) Program.