Bypass road to pave way for tourist attractions in Basey, Samar underway

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tourist attractions in Basey, Samar will soon be more accessible to the public as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) started construction of the bypass road project connecting Barangay Magallanes and Barangay Guirang.

Home to the popular Sohotan National Park and Balantak Falls, the bypass road is expected to increase tourism in the town of Basey by reducing travel time from almost three (3) and a half hours to one (1) and a half hour.

Citing a report from DPWH Region 8 Director Nerie Bueno, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the project’s implementation was undertaken by the Regional Office 8 and Samar 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO).

“We expect to complete the 5.15-kilometer bypass road, including the construction of a 564-lineal meter wharf by 2020 to open Basey to more tourists and business opportunities,” said Villar.

Secretary Villar also added that since Basey is known for different cottage industries like mat weaving, pottery, and furniture making, the project is also seen to open different kinds of business and job opportunities for the locals.

With a total budget of P80 million, the project is funded under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA).