In recent years, Samal’s development as a holiday resort and tourist destination has been held back by insufficient spending on upgrading rough roads. In places, some of the roads bore more resemblance to river beds than roads. Just a month or so ago, the road to our place had eroded so badly after 8 months maintenance-free, that I put together the following document intended for Samal City Hall’s attention.
I held off as the elections were in progress and it was uncertain who would take over responsibility for roads. As you might expect in the Philippines, clarity over responsibility for the different levels of roads is complicated.
- National Highways, which are budgeted and maintained by the DPWH from Manila.
- City Roads, which are the financial responsibility of the local city hall.
- Barangay Roads which … need I say more?
These are just the roads I’ve heard about, there are probably others; for example there is an Agricultural fund that pays for cementing roads to assist getting produce from barangays to market.
Circumferential Road, Punta del Sol to Limao
BluJazz to Babak ferry
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The SPICE HUT, Penaplata
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Catagman – Limao Barangay Road
In August 2013, sounds of heavy equipment disturbed our neighbourhood leading us to suspect that the usual once-over from a road grader was in progress. However, when the sounds of crashing trees continued all day, we gradually realised that more was afoot. In fact, the works last two weeks, with a bulldozer completely reprofiling the slope of the road and widening the previous narrow track to around 20m or more in places.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to the New Catagman~Limao Highway!
How it used to look