Curuan-Sibuco road project identified under ADB funding PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 June 2016 11:50

By VIC LARATO

The more or less 40-kilometer road that will connect Zamboanga City through Curuan in the east coast to the municipality of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte has been included in the Road Improvement and Institutional Development Project (RIIDP) funded under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan package of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Mayor Beng Climaco announced this yesterday morning when she received in her office a team of engineers and consultants tasked to conduct the Detailed Engineering Design (DED) study and site inspection or reconnaissance of road projects in Zamboanga Peninsula identified for ADB funding, to include the Curuan-Sibuco section.

The DED team was composed of Engr. Emil C. Giron, Engr. Francisco S. Philip, Engr. Isagani S. Velasquez and Nestor Obcena, all of the Katahira & Engineers International (KEI), a consultancy firm, and Engr. Romeo L. Canton of DPWH Manila.

Obcena said the RIIDP also known as Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project under ADB loan covers 15 road projects and more than 100 bridges with a combined length of not less than 500 kilometers throughout Mindanao.

Part of the package are the Gutalac-Baliguian Alternative Road (PR1a), Sibuco-Sirawai Road (PR1b), and Curuan-Sibuco Road (PR12).

The Curuan-Sibuco section will include a diversionary or alternative road, measuring 13.3 kilometers via Vitali-Sibulao and Taguiti.

Aside from site inspection, Obcena said his team was also tasked to gather, collect, verify/validate and review pertinent data and other relevant information needed for the DED preliminary assessment of the said road sections.

As this developed, Mayor Climaco immediately contacted Task Force Zamboanga commander Col. Juvymax Uy to provide the necessary security and make the area accessible to the DED team, from Sitio Lunday in Curuan up to its boundary with Sibuco.

She also asked to team to coordinate with the barangay officials of Curuan.— Vic Larato