By Lou Ellen L. Antonio

MARAWI CITY, May 9 (PIA ICCC) – As road traffic here is getting heavier following the return of its residents after the siege that happened almost two years ago, a new diversion road in Barangay Sagonsongan was opened yesterday, May 8, to ease congestion and facilitate the mobility and delivery of goods and materials for the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and recovery of this war-torn city.

“Since dalawa na ang kalsada na magagamit, iyong mga pumasok na non-government organizations at government agencies ay may choice   kung sa main road o diversion dadaan (Since there are two roads that can be used, those non-government organizations and government agencies will have choices on where to enter, main road or diversion. This will aid in the entry of the materials needed for the rehabilitation),” said Task Force Bangon Marawi Field Office Manager and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Assistant Secretary Felix Castro Jr. who led the inauguration ceremony.

Joining Castro during the road inauguration were Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Alonto Adiong Jr., Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra and National Housing Authority – Marawi Project Management Office Director Rhoderick Ibañez, Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., commander of the 103rd Infantry “Haribon” Brigade, among others.

Castro also said that the diversion road would speed up the transport of materials, goods, and services that will contribute to the city’s economic activities.

He also said the project has long been implemented but faced delays due to some problems with land claimants. However, with the help from the city government and Lanao del Sur provincial government, they were able to get the landowner’s consent for the project to continue.

Meanwhile, Marawi City Traffic Chief Revie Sani explained that the diversion road would operate as a one-way road for now until the widening of its shoulders is finished.

 “We will start opening this road but we still need to widen its shoulders on both sides. One way muna from taas going down, palabas ng city ang bibigyan ng priority [will remain a one-way road and will only be for vehicles going out of the city],” he explained. (LEAntonio)