Solon eyeing road use regulations

Heavily-laden cargo trucks obviously contribute much in the wear-and-tear of the roads in the province. This caught the attention of 1st District Rep. Rene Relampagos that made him realize the necessity to study the classifications of roads and what type of vehicles that should be allowed to pass along certain roads based on capacity.

The congressman explained that barangay and municipal roads are narrower and of lesser load capacity than the national highways. But trucks carrying heavy cargoes are allowed to pass thru these small roads which must be the main factor for their fast deterioration.

Relampagos reported to the people of first district on the ongoing widening and concreting of national highways, as well as the rehabilitation of some bridges.

Unfortunately, there is even no means to get the laden weight of vehicles that would pass the bridges. In his first term, Relampagos had facilitated projects worth almost P1.9 billion in three years.

These can be seen in all the areas of the first district and many of them are already completed, while some are still ongoing and a few are already bidded out which the DWPH is about to start implementing in a few days.

One of the ongoing projects is the works on the Corella-Balilihan road, although the congressman clarified that this has nothing to do with the rumors about the entry of SM City to Corella.

It was earlier clarified that the land acquisition by the team of Henry Sy Jr. is for the expansion of the NGCP Bohol Backbone transmission project and not for SM City which his father heads.

Relampagos also reported that the he had refiled the bill authored by his predecessor, now governor, Edgar Chatto, proposing the conversion of Baclayon-Corella road from provincial to national road.

The bill was already tackled by the House Committee on Public Works and approved at committee level during the first term of Relampagos as member of the 15th Congress.

A second term in Congress, if he makes it on May 13, Relampagos said would allow him to follow up on the compliance of the requisites which includes acquisition of the road right of way.

The congressman admitted that it would be costly, though, and the funds would be taken from the local coffers. The existing road needs widening and some properties will have to be purchased in case the landowners would refuse to donate them.

Relampagos said, he would request DPWH to assign a full-time staff to attend to the compliance of the requirements, and he would also request the provincial government, and the local government units of Corella and Baclayon to also assign local counterpart for the staff who would work with the DPWH in processing the requirements.

“When converted into national road, its improvement and maintenance would then be passed on to the national government. The road will be the alternate route to Corella from the eastern part through Baclayon, without passing Tagbilaran anymore,” Relampagos said.