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Eastern Visayas

 

The road network in Region 8 is well developed and maintained. Primary roads are generally 4 ways but concrete paved and rarely asphalted decreasing the speed limit.  

The weight limitation is 23 MT on the primary roads, 15 MT on the secondary roads and can be less on the tertiaries. The 15 MT is used as a safety measure as the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) is conducting a review to allow heavier vehicles in the future. 

The Eastern Visayas Islands own some of the most famous bridges of Philippines including the longest and the tallest road structures. 

  • San Juanico Bridge: San Juanico Bridge connects the islands of Leyte and Samar by linking the city of Tacloban to the town of Santa Rita, Samar. It passes over the San Juanico Strait. It is the longest bridge in the Philippines measuring 2,164m. The weight limitation is 23 MT (Gross weight). 
  • Agas-Agas Bridge: The Agas-Agas Bridge is the highest bridge ever built in the Philippines. It is constructed between two mountains and crosses the Mahaplag-Sogod section of Maharlika Highway. The bridge is located in Sogod, Southern Leyte and provides a significant link to travellers coming from Luzon or Mindanao. It was built to avoid the perennial landslide danger in the area during heavy rains. It keeps the Mahaplag-Sogod open and safe by creating the by-pass of the original road that was build on the side of the mountain. The weight limitation is 23 MT (Gross weight). 
  • Wawa bridge: Wawa Bridge is located in Liloan, Southern Leyte. It connects Panaon Island and the mainland of Leyte. The weight limitation is 15 MT (Gross weight).
  • Biliran Bridge: The Biliran Bridge serves as a link between the islands and provinces of Biliran and Leyte. Spans across a very narrow channel around 100m below it. It is approximately 150m long. The weight limitation is 15 MT (Gross weight). 

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Philippines Visayas Government Contact List

Distance Matrix 

Distances from Capital City to Major Towns (km) 

 

Tacloban 

Ormoc 

Baybay 

Maasin 

Naval 

Catbalogan 

Catarman 

Borongan 

Tacloban 

 

108 

104 

178 

120 

106 

251 

193 

Ormoc 

108 

 

46 

74 

87 

210 

355 

297 

Baybay 

104 

46 

 

77 

133 

207 

251 

294 

Maasin 

178 

74 

77 

 

210 

281 

425 

368 

Naval 

120 

87 

133 

210 

 

223 

367 

310 

Catbalogan 

106 

210 

207 

281 

223 

 

145 

136 

Catarman 

251 

355 

251 

425 

367 

145 

 

256 

Borongan 

193 

297 

294 

368 

310 

136 

256 

 

 

Travel Time from Capital City to Major Towns (hours) 

 

Tacloban 

Ormoc 

Baybay 

Maasin 

Naval 

Catbalogan 

Catarman 

Borongan 

Tacloban 

 

1.50 

1.45 

3 

2 

1.45 

4.30 

3.30 

Ormoc 

1.50 

 

0.50 

1.15 

1.30 

3.30 

6 

5 

Baybay 

1.45 

0.50 

 

1.20 

2.15 

3.30 

4.15 

5 

Maasin 

3 

1.15 

1,20 

 

3.30 

3 

7 

6.15 

Naval  

2 

1.30 

2.15 

3.30 

 

3.45 

6.15 

5.15 

Catbalogan 

1.45 

3.30 

3.30 

3 

3.45 

 

2.30 

2.20 

Catarman 

4.30 

6 

4.15 

7 

6.15 

2.30 

 

4,20 

Borongan 

3.30 

5 

5 

6.15 

5.15 

2.20 

4.20 

 

Road Security 

Security Level: Good 

Roads are in good conditions, and most users respect the speed limits. Drivers are used to but they can sometime be dangerous due to the large amount of motorbikes, motorised tricycles, or other public transports that might come to halt in the middle of the road at any time