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CALBAYOG GOVERNMENT OPPOSES ROADS ADMINISTRATIVE RECLASSIFICATION FROM BARANGAY TO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT


CALBAYOG GOVERNMENT OPPOSES ROADS ADMINISTRATIVE RECLASSIFICATION FROM BARANGAY TO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
CALBAYOG CITY – The city government of Calbayog opposes conversion to provincial administration 53 of its existing roads totaling an aggregate length of over 219 kilometers currently classified under administrative jurisdiction of barangays in the city.

The 53 roads in Calbayog (currently under management of the city's barangays) are incorporated in the inventory of road network prepared by the Provincial Engineer's Office for the Office of the Governor and which is submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for the legislation of an ordinance converting administrative classification to the province of 180 existing roads. 127 of these roads (10 of which defined as footpaths) are also currently under the management of barangays in 7 municipalities in the second congressional district of the province.
(https://www.calbayogjournal.com/samar-s-existing-barangay-roads-foot-paths-for-conversion-to-provincial-roads
CALBAYOG GOVERNMENT OPPOSES ROADS ADMINISTRATIVE RECLASSIFICATION FROM BARANGAY TO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
These 53 existing roads (equivalent to an aggregate length of 219+ kilometers) in Calbayog's three districts identified for administrative reclassification to the provincial government are as follow: (figures adjacent the names of barangays represent the length of the road in kilometers).

A. CALBAYOG DISTRICT – 29 Roads (total of 131.92 kms-long)
1. Alibaba – Sinantan: 0.80
2. Begaho – Kilikili: 4.88
3. Cacaransan – Saputan: 3.08
4. Calbayog – Migara: 10.84
5. Carayman – Naga – Cogon: 3.40
6. Dagum – Cacaransan: 3.25
7. East Awang – Rizal 1 – Cagboborac – Guin-on (junction): 4.93
8. Guinbauyan Sur – Cogon: 4.34
9. Guin-on – Maybog – Gabay: 4.64
10. Heragaan – Panonongon: 1.72
11. Looc – Himautan – Roxas – Libertad: 6.03
12. Migara – Alibaba – Villahermosa – San Jose: 4.93
13. Migara – Esperanza: 2.80
14. Migara – Lapaz – Osmeña – Cabicahan: 7.82
15. Migara – Lapaz – Palanogan: 4.68
16. Navarro – Cacaransan: 2.24
17. Navarro – Kilikili: 3.04
18. Patong – Helino: 12.86
19. Roxas 1 – Saputan: 2.30
20. San Jose (Tagongtong Junction) – Esperanza: 2.86
21. San Jose – Himalanrog: 14.00
22. San Jose – Langoyon: 2.10
23. San Policarpo – Acedillo: 6.99
24. San Policarpo – Pagbalican: 1.40
25. Tabawan – Guinbaoyan Norte – Tapae: 3.76
26. Tabawan – Saputan: 4.77
27. Tanval (Junction) – Canjumadac: 1.60
28. Tanval – Helino: 3.08
29. Magsaysay Ext. – Bagacay Junction: 2.68

B. OQUENDO DISTRICT – 12 Roads (total of 52.81 kms-long)
1. Cabacungan (Junction) – Dinabongan – Panoypoy: 2.65
2. Cagbayang – Tabkno: 2.80
3. Jimautan – Roxas 1 – Libertad: 3.09
4. Oquendo (Junction) – Pilar: 16.62
5. Panoypoy (Junction) – Dinabongan – Cabicahan: 3.50
6. Pilar – Roxas – Macatingog: 5.10
7. Roxas (Junction) – Bayo: 2.36
8. Sogo – Tanok: 2.00
9. Sinidman Oriental – Libertad: 3.33
10. Tarabucan (Junction) – Oboob – De Victoria – San Isidro: 4.50
11. Tarabucan (Junction) – San Rufino: 2.50
12. Tarabucan – Jacinto: 4.36

C. TINAMBACAN DISTRICT – 12 Roads (total of 34.92 kms-long)
1. Amampacang – Dinagan – Mabini 2 – Rizal II: 6.70
2. Amampacang – Tomaligues: 1.88
3. Bante – Suboc – Catabunan: 3.00
4. Bugtong – Bayo: 9.60
5. Mabini II (Junction) – Catabunan: 1.65
6. Malajog – Danao: 1.75
7. Malajog – Looc: 0.20
8. Tinambacan – Bante: 0.96
9. Tinambacan – Baut: 2.00
10. Tinaplacan – Bangon: 3.20
11. Tinambacan – Saljag: 0.48
12. Malayog – Cangumaod: 3.50
CALBAYOG GOVERNMENT OPPOSES ROADS ADMINISTRATIVE RECLASSIFICATION FROM BARANGAY TO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Mayor Ronaldo Aquino, in his letter addressed to the members of Samar’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan, signified that “the City Government of Calbayog . . . respectfully convey its vehement opposition to such proposed conversion ordinance affecting the roads of the city” for reasons, among others, that “city funds were spent for the opening of these roads and in the maintenance thereof.”

Aquino’s letter also expressed belief that “the proposed enactment is unnecessary, if not needless,” when funds for projects for the subject roads can still be obtained from the national government.

Furthermore, the city mayor expressed “serious legal doubts on the power and authority of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to enact ordinance converting barangay roads to provincial roads” being that “the city government exercises general supervision over barangays.”
CALBAYOG GOVERNMENT OPPOSES ROADS ADMINISTRATIVE RECLASSIFICATION FROM BARANGAY TO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Meanwhile, Calbayog Journal gathered information from interviews with barangay officials – two chairmen and one councilor – from three different barangays in the city that their respective barangays do not have any knowledge regarding the move of the provincial government about roads under their respective management nor have they submitted any document or statement signifying agreement to or requesting for the roads from respective jurisdiction to be converted to the administration or jurisdiction of the provincial government.

As of press time and according to reliable sources, the matter of converting administrative jurisdiction of roads from barangays to the provincial government is still in the Committee on Laws of the Samar’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan for findings and recommendation to the sanggunian en banc. Only when the committee will report its findings and recommendations can the Sanggunian en banc decide over appropriate legislative issuance on the matter. (CJ/JMM)


-, January 6, 2017


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