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Safer ‘Great Wall’ of Leyte

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To ensure the safety of pedestrians and bikers, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 8 has installed metal railings at the Leyte Road Heightening and Tide Embankment (RHTE) project in Eastern Visayas.

The P7.95-billion 31.47 kilometer project that stretches from Diit village in Tacloban to Cabuynan village in Tanauan town dubbed “Great Wall of Leyte,” is designed to protect coastal communities from violent storm surges.

To recall, storm surges claimed thousands of lives and damaged countless infrastructures during the onslaught of typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013.

To recall, storm surges claimed thousands of lives and damaged countless of infrastructures during the onslaught of typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013.

Aside from shielding Leyte from storm surges, the project is also expected to open up tourism opportunities in the province, as it will showcase a good view of the sunset as well as mangrove forest along the coastal areas.

The project’s seawall is a four-meter high structure that will be implemented in six phases until 2020.

DPWH Region 8 Director Nerie Bueno said installation works have started at the subsection 4.2B.

The subsection is part of a 7.44-kilometer RHTE Section 4 that covers Barangays 89, 90, of Tacloban City and Barangays Candahug, MacArthur Shrine, Baras, Bernard Reed Bridge and Cogon of Palo, Leyte.

“Eventually, the entire 31.47-kilometer storm surge protection structure will have metal railings to provide safety and prevent accidental falls of people walking and biking,” Director Bueno said.

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