It was way back in June 2018 when the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) held the groundbreaking ceremony of the Samar Pacific Coastal Road (SPCR). Set to link Junction Samora to Junction Palapag, the new road project will connect the coastal towns located in Northern Samar.
Fast forward to January 2020, and the DPWH has officially announced that they have finished building 30% of the project. Despite the many typhoons that have disrupted work, the gov't agency claimed that they have already paved more than 4 kilometers of the 11.6-kilometer SPCR.
“As of latest report by Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim and Project Manager Teresita V. Bauzon, a total of 4.329 lane kilometers of the project was paved. We are also continuously working on piers 1, 2, and 4 of its 161-meter Simora Bridge component,” said Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Undersecretary for UPMO.
Sadain also stated that hopefully the weather will be better this year so that they can fast-track the implemenation of the SPCR project. He even went on to say that the Samar Pacific Coastal Road is among the flagship infrastructure projects of the DPWH in Region 8, and that it will bring industry development, economic growth, and reduced proverty in the region.
Upon completion, the coastal municipalities of Northern Samar up to Taft, Eastern Samar will be directly connected with the provincial capital of Catarman. No longer will motorists / travelers need to pass through the island town of Laoang which is only accessible via small boats. Besides the construction of a two-lane road from Junction Simora to Junction Palapag, three bridges will need to be built in order to complete the new road.
The Samar Pacific Coastal Road is being built with a budget of Php 1.17 billion and is being funded by the Korean government through a loan agreement. The DPWH is looking to finish the SCPR some time this year.