SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE- Bidding for the widening of the road in the central business area of this tourist town shall soon be bidded before the year ends by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Mountain Province – DPWH District Engineer Wilbur Likigan said the road widening project costing 12 million pesos is scheduled to be bidded November 24 this year.
Measuring some 300 linear meters, the 3 -lane road widening is projected to cover near the Omaweng’s residence at Nangonogan sitio to the central Poblacion area near the Centrum building and located within the Mission Compound.
Said proposed and projected road widening came in the midst of the previous controversial and opposed road diversion project which cuts across some portions of the Mission Compound located in threatened karst geographical locations including a sinkhole.
Said diversion road proposed in 2013 by the municipal local government unit and another in 2014 endorsed by the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines (EDNP) having titled property to the Mission Compound was then designed to address traffic issues in the center of the town especially during peak tourism seasons.
Likigan said the projected road widening to begin construction by 2016 is not a parking space.
Meantime, a request for the opening of a parking lot a at sitio Tangeb reached the Vestry of the Church of St Mary the Virgin (CSMV) in a letter- request by Dagdag residents earlier noted in a barangay assembly in 2014, further affirmed in the barangay’s August 2015 assembly and passed in a resolution by the barangay officials.
The proposed opening of a parking lot at Tangeb inside the Mission Compound refers to a same entrance and exit towards the busy Daoangan road which covers a section of the 13 kilometer Dantay-Sagada national road.
The opening of parking spaces is a crucial need in this part of the town where most business establishments are found especially inns, restos and souvenir shops./MtProvince Exponent 11-15-2015