A new road will soon connect the coastal towns of Northern Samar as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony of the aforementioned project. To be called the Samar Pacific Coastal Road (SPCR), the Php 997.5-million infrastructure project will be an 11.6-kilometer road that will link Junction Simora to Junction Palapag.

Present during the groundbreaking ceremony in Barangay Simora, Palapag, Northern Samar were DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Ma. The event was also witnessed by the following: Philippine Ambassador to Papua New Guinea Bienvenido Tejano, Korean Export Import Bank Country Director Sungho Jang, Northern Samar Governor Jose L. Ong Jr. and Vice Governor Gary Lavin Jr., Northern Samar 2nd District.

According to DPWH Secretary Villar, the construction of SCPR will benefit the locals living in coastal towns heading to provincial business centers located in the capital of Catarman and vice versa.

“This 11.6-kilometer road project from Junction Simora to Junction Palapag segment of Samar Pacific Coastal Road in the town of Palapag, Northern Samar will complete the circumferential road of Samar Island,” added Villar.

Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, Project Director of DPWH Road Managements Cluster 2, stated that the construction of the 11.6 km road and improvement on an existing 7 km paved road will allow for a seamless flow of travel. Instead of having to go through the island town of Laoang (which needs to cross two rivers with small boats), SCPR will allow full land travel between Catarman, Palapag Town Proper, nearby barangays and even the coastal muncipalties of Northern Samar.

The SCPR project will also cover the construction of three bridges: the Simora Bridge, and the Jangtud 1 and 2 Bridges.

The project itself will be funded by the Korean government and is set to be finished by 2020. When completed, the SCPR is seen to stimulate economic growth, improve peace and order, and reduce poverty in Northern Samar as a result of improved transporation according to the DPWH.