THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental will allocate P30 million for the rehabilitation of dilapidated roads in Moises Padilla.

Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia-Yulo, in a statement, said this is based on the response of Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to her request for the rehabilitation of the provincial road from Barangay Crossing Magallon to the town proper.

Garcia-Yulo said that according to the governor, P20 million will be funded from the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) programs for 2021, while the remaining P15 million will be allocated by the Provincial Government.

The CMGP is a partnership program between the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for provincial local government units (LGUs) in response to the needed infrastructure support, as well as reforms in local roads management (LRM) and public financial management (PFM).

In her letter dated November 16, 2020 addressed to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Western Visayas Director Lea Delfinado, the mayor said that of the 14.5-kilometer provincial road stretching from Barangay Crossing Magallon to Barangay Guinpana-an, the 7.9-kilometer road from Barangay Crossing Magallon to the town proper has remained dilapidated for approximately two decades now.

The 6.6-kilometer road, meanwhile, from the town proper going to Barangay Guinpana-an is currently undergoing construction, Garcia-Yulo said.

"The dilapidated road has created a major socio-economic problem as this is the main route for trade and commerce, education, as well as health and emergency services, among other things as this leads to other major cities in the province," she added.

It can be also be recalled that Negros Occidental Fifth District Representative Ma. Lourdes Arroyo filed House Bill 0388 in July 2019 for the conversion of the provincial road to a national road.

The bill, however, is still pending at the House of Representatives.

The DPWH-Western has already received on November 17 but has yet to respond to the mayor's request.