Samal’s Circumferential Roadworks

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.

Catagman-Limao Rd

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.

There are:

  • 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

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Currently grading the road reserve

Currently grading the road reserve

Some sweeping curves

Some sweeping curves

The progress from Punta del Sol comes to abrupt halt after a couple of Kms

The progress from Punta del Sol comes to abrupt halt after a couple of Kms

 

BluJazz to Babak ferry

 

Currently, the road ends at BluJazz

Currently, the road ends at BluJazz

Some major earthworks have been undertaken to produce level roads of high quality

Some major earthworks have been undertaken to produce level roads of high quality

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Descending into Caliclic near the Babak ferry

Descending into Caliclic near the Babak ferry

Rejoining the old alignment of the original Circumferential Road between Caliclic and Babak ferry

Rejoining the old alignment of the original Circumferential Road between Caliclic and Babak ferry

Our host for this motorbike safari was Ms Emma Baldon, restaurateur, homestay host and organic farmer.

 

+63 (0)915 381 4108 (Emma) – multi-lingual: English and various Pilipino dialects

The SPICE HUT, Penaplata

Visit us and try our Indian/Thai fusion cuisine.

 

 

 

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!

From the bottom of the hill (junction with the existing Circumferential Rd)

From the bottom of the hill (junction with the existing Circumferential Rd)

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The challenge of reaching the top of the hill in one piece is now gone - thankfully!

The challenge of reaching the top of the hill in one piece is now gone – thankfully!

All the tree cutting has opened up a new vista of the Penaplata bay

All the tree cutting has opened up a new vista of the Penaplata bay

How it used to look

From the bottom of the hill

From the bottom of the hill

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8 thoughts on “Samal’s Circumferential Roadworks

  1. many years ago I traveled through the PI and loved the land, the people.. what I saw on the freeways/highways were machinery but no one was working..
    Hope more work got done in all these years!
    Maybe February isn’t a big road work month!

    • I’ve been meaning to update this post with some photos of the amazing progress with the actual Circumferential Road. It’s going ahead very quickly by any standards.

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