THE Municipal Government of Bingawan, with the help of the Provincial Government of Iloilo, provided P10.8 million counterpart fund for the construction of an eight-kilometer road and bridge before it terminates on December 31.
The construction of the infrastructure, which will start next year, will benefit the agrarian reform communities in villages of Agba-o, Tapacon, Inam-yungan, and Guinhulacan.
The infrastructure development costing P68-million is part of the Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) Project II, a project funded by a loan from the Asian Development Bank.
Of the P10.8 million, P7.68 million is the financial assistance in-cash, while the remaining P3.17 million is the equity in-kind.
Bingawan Mayor Mark Palabrica asked for the financial assistance since the 5th class municipality could not afford to provide the huge counterpart fund.
“This project is beneficial for the children of the hills and mountains of Bingawan. More than accessibility, building the road is a means to alleviate them from poverty. This will open a lot of economic opportunities for the ARCs,” explained Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.
The rough terrain of four mountainous villages in the town of Bingawan is discouraging children to go to school, but by improving their accessibility to the services of the government, Defensor has high hopes for the children.
The Agrarian Reform Community Project II is designed to help the Department of Agrarian Reform in the implementation of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program by addressing ARC’s most pressing problems. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno)