Effects of the Implementation of Road Widening Project in the Province of Sorsogon
This study assessed the extent of the effects of the implementation of road-widening projects in the province of Sorsogon. from 2016 to 2019. Specifically, it sought answers to the following questions: 1. What is the extent of effects of the implementation of road widening project as perceived by the respondents in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, equity, ethics, economy and environment; 2. Is there a significant difference in the perceptions of the respondents along with the identified variables; 3? What are the problems met in the implementation of the project? And 4. What could be proposed based on the results of the study? This study made use of the descriptive correlational-survey method with a questionnaire as the main research instrument. It involved 240 respondents composed of DPWH engineers, Local Government Units Officials and members of the community who were purposively selected. The statistical tools utilized were the Chi-square, weighted mean, frequency and ranking. Based on the data collected, the researcher arrived at the following conclusions: the effects of the implementation of road widening project as perceived by the respondents in terms of efficiency, effectiveness, equity, ethics, economy and environment were all interpreted as moderately effective: the perceptions of the three groups of respondents did not differ significantly on the effects of the implementation of the road widening project along the identified variables: the problems met in the implementation of the road widening project to include resettlement of households that were affected by the road expansion, settlement of the right-of-way to registered residential lots and peace and order during construction were affected by external group: the convergence plan was designed in order to improve the implementation of the road widening project in the province of Sorsogon. In light of the foregoing conclusions, the following recommendations were offered: the DPWH to maintain a databank of proposed road widening project with resettlement, right-of-way and other issues for appropriate action before the implementation date of the project: the DPWH may continuously coordinate with the affected LGUs, barangay officials and community regarding the road widening project in order to maintain the understanding and acceptance of the project: the DPWH to provide support to stakeholders before and after the implementation of the road widening project to address misinformation and commotion: the proposed intervention may be submitted for review and evaluation to concerned authorities prior to its implementation to solve the most critical dilemma encountered by the affected household caused by the road widening and further study may be conducted to cover the entire region so as more respondents will be involved in the study. Also, other areas related to road management can be included in the study.