GOVERNOR Arthur Defensor Sr. led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 12.4-kilometer concrete road from Barangay Cabugao to Barangay Tuyongan in Calinog, Iloilo, on October 27.
The project is part of the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) for road repair, rehabilitation and improvement by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
DILG gave Iloilo province a grant of P413 million this year for the CMGP. Iloilo province availed itself of the grant because it has consistently obtained the Seal of Good Local Governance and has complied with the requirements set by the DILG.
Representative Arthur Defensor Sr., Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, Board Member Emmanuel Gallar, Provincial Engineer Gracianito Lucero, Mayor Alex Centena and other local officials of Calinog also attended the groundbreaking ceremony held in Barangay Badlan Grande, one of the seven villages that will directly benefit from the project.
Centena said the 12.4-kilometer road concreting project will traverse the following barangays, Cabugao, Badlan Pequeño, Badlan Grande, Banban Grande, Badlan Pequeño, Alibunan and Tuyongan.
Mountainous barangays such as Supanga, Binulusan and Cahigon will also benefit from the project because it is their only access in going to the town proper.
“This project has long been a dream of our people and we thank Governor Defensor for making this happen,” Centena said.
Lucero said the road project has a standard width of 6.1 meters and thickness of 10 inches.
It will be implemented by the International Builders Corp. with a project cost of P160.8 million and project duration of 308 calendar days.
Defensor noted that the project is a fulfillment of a promise he gave many years ago. “I know how important is this road to you… your sacrifices, your hardships will soon end,” he said.
“We are planning to extend the road concreting up to the mountainous barangays of Supanga and Cahigon, I hope it will be realized with the help of other funding agencies,” Defensor added.
Also scheduled for groundbreaking this November 3 under the CMGP is the Mina-Talibong-Yugot-Nabitasan-Naslo Road covering the towns of Mina and Pototan (8.812 kilometers) with a budget of P121,815,217.20.
Aside from CMGP, the province is also a recipient of grants from the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), which is spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture and World Bank.
There are three ongoing PRDP road rehabilitation projects in the province, namely, Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemomua-Agahon-Agtabo, Passi farm to market road with a length of 28 kilometers amounting to P257.8 million; Poblacion Tacuyong Norte, Leon farm to market road with a length of 10.29 kilometers amounting to P114 million; and Parara-Jamog, Tigbauan farm to market road with a length of 7.89 kilometers amounting to P76.1 million.
Also, under bidding process in the rehabilitation of the 9.9-kilometer Tinucuan-Purog-Maribuyong, Dueñas farm to market road with a project cost of P101.6 million.
Defensor said two more road projects are still waiting for inclusion in PRDP. These are San Antonio-Lambuyao-Abilay, Oton farm to market road (4.460 kilometers) and Bongol-Tambal-Quipot, Janiuay farm to market road (12.918 kilometers). (PR)