CONSTRUCTION OF the first section of the Metro Dumaguete Diversion Road, with the groundbreaking ceremony held recently, is targeted for completion by the first quarter next year. “We are hopeful that the diversion road will give way to improved mobility and open more economic opportunities not only for Dumaguete City but for the rest of Negros Oriental,” Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar said in a statement on Tuesday. The P95.9-million project will cover 1.63 kilometers between the Western Nautical Highway at Barangay Batinguel and Barangay Camanjac in Dumaguete City. The four-lane road will serve as an alternate route for motorists travelling toward Bacong to the town of Sibulan in Negros Oriental. Mr. Villar said it is one of the priority projects under DPWH’s 2019 Infrastructure Program.