Sunday July 22, 2018

Iloilo guv seeks funds for agroforestry projects

GOVERNOR Arthur Defensor Sr. is eyeing to access P90.9-million fund from Forestland Management Project to finance 13 proposed agroforestry support facilities (ASFs) that will benefit three towns in Jalaur River Basin.

Defensor on Tuesday, September 26, has identified the priority projects and has instructed the Provincial Engineer’s Office to make the necessary project proposals to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“Comply with all the required documents and do it fast,” Defensor told the officials concerned during consultative meeting of DENR with the governor and local chief executives and engineering officials of the municipalities of Calinog, Lambunao, and Janiuay.

The chief executive wanted the proposals approved by DENR and Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) for implementation before his term ends in 2019.

More Project Proposals

DENR Iloilo Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Raul Lorilla reported that of the 13 ASFs, nine proposed projects worth P75.9-million have been validated.

Of which, six ASFs worth P39.8-million have their detailed engineering designs and program of works ready for deliberation and approval.

This year, Lorilla said the construction of pathway worth P19.5-million from Barangay Jayubo going to Barangay Cabatangan in Janiuay, Iloilo is already approved.

Next year, the following have been calendared for implementation:

- Construction of Caratagan-Maradig Pathway worth P5.5 million.

- Construction of Binolusan Pequeno Pathway worth P3.2 million.

- Construction of Caratagan-Aglonok Pathway worth P5.5 million.

- Construction of Aglonok Hanging Bridge worth P2.4 million.

- Construction of Hilwan Hanging Bridge worth P3.3 million.

Forester Antonio Latoza Jr. said Iloilo can still submit additional project proposals to consume the remaining funds .

The eligible facilities include 26.5 km farm-to-market roads, 22.8 km pathways, five hanging bridges, nine reinforced concrete bridged and 93 km irrigation pipeline systems.

Access Roads Needed

Lorilla said the other pending proposals must have geotechnical assessment, detailed engineering designs and program of works to access the fund.

Prior to the conduct of geotechnical assessment, access roads must be built for the heavy equipment to pass through, especially in proposed project sites in Calinog and Lambunao.

Lorilla said they already requested the assistance of the Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental to help build these access roads.

Defensor has instructed Provincial Engineer Gracianito Lucero to process the release of funds required for the mobilization of heavy equipment and other machineries needed by the army. (Jezza Nepomoceno)