P32M Pamana road project starts in Kalinga starts

PINUKPUK, Kalinga -- The P32 million concreting of the Allaguia-Asibanglan road, a Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) project in this town, is set to start.

Personnel from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and their local partners led the ground breaking recently covering 2.6 kilometers is which is the second phase of the road project funded by OPAPP and supervised by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The Allaguia-Asibanglan road connects the Cal-owan barangays in Pinukpuk and Saltan barangays of Balbalan, hot beds of the New People’s Army in the 80s. Connecting the two sides will boost economic activities since the populace is now engaged in massive agricultural production.

Reports gathered from the DILG provincial office shows seven Pamana projects for 2016 were approved for Kalinga with one already completed but subject for final inspection.

On-going are the construction of two warehouses in Lubo, Tanudan with total project cost of P1.2 million. Still to be implemented are the P40 million construction of the 60 linear meter Wagod-Buaya bridge in Balbalan and the two level 2 waterworks system in Pasil with total cost of P2.2 million.

It can recalled the Cordillera Administrative Region received in 2016 at least P533 million worth of community development and livelihood projects under Pamana program to enhance and sustain peace and development initiatives in the different provinces of the region.

Construction of local roads got the biggest allocation of P363 million, construction of bridges – P80 million, construction of post-harvest facilities – P1.8 million, construction of water systems – P11.6 million, community infrastructure – P6.1 million, livelihood projects – P26.995 million and social protection programs – P11.355 million.

Included in the Pamana funded program is the operational and training support for forest guards implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and OPAPP. (Peter Balocnit/PIA-CAR)

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