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Maydolong Basey Tourism Road

Maydolong Basey Tourism Road
By: Lorly Calzado





ESDPMT's Continuing Monitoring of the Opening and Construction of Maydolong-Basey Alternative Road (classified as of now as tourism road)

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UPDATE: Thirteen (13) kilometers more to be paved and constructed to reach the boundary of Basey, with more or less the same length to be constructed on the other side.
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The Eastern Samar Development Projects Monitoring Team conducted a second ocular inspection of the Opening and Construction of the Maydolong-Basey Road on  January 19, 2018. This road when finally opened will, first and foremost, shorten travel from the central-northern towns of Eastern Samar to Tacloban, Leyte by about two (2) hours.

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Second, the road will serve as an alternative route to Eastern Samar, particularly when the two main routes to the province become unpassable during bad weather conditions, just like what happened with Typhoon Urduja when floods and landslides blocked the National Highway both from the south and north.

Third, this alternate way will hasten economic progress in the province as it will now take much lesser time and cost to bring products/commodities to and from Leyte and Eastern Samar.

Fourth, this road will make it easier to secure the forests from illegal loggers and other unlawful activities in the area.
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Fifth, the road, as expressed by the people we met in the area, has now given the residents of the interior barangays en route a shorter and much easier access to the town center and other places by motorbikes and tricycles.

And sixth, the area crossed by the road is definitely a tourism potential. It was our second time to monitor, and the scenes along the way continue to amaze us - trees, rivers, streams, rainforests, evergreen mountains,  caves, rock formations, strategic spots overlooking Basey and the rest of Eastern Samar, and thriving barangay residential areas.

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There are concerns on environmental violations in the construction of the road especially because it is near the Borongan-Llorente Closed Canopy Forest and the Samar Island National Park. But all that is needed is strong law enforcement by pertinent agencies, not by word but by action. If there are illegal loggers and other criminal activities, catch them and take advantage of the road in accessing and arresting perpetrators. If and when damage occurs and could no longer be avoided, mitigating measures must be resorted to. That is, if trees are cut, seriously implement replanting.

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We must value our trees, our forest, our environment. But we must value more our people whose lives, in  terms of accessibility and  because of faster economic activity, will be uplifted.