TWO towns in the Camotes Islands have received a bonanza of infrastructure projects worth nearly P290 million from the Cebu Provincial Government.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia broke ground on the third phase of the concreting of the Western Poblacion-Adela Daan Paz Road Section In Barangay Mercedes, Poro town on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

The 13.43-kilometer project costs P237,885,000, said Sugbo News, the official news platform of the Cebu Provincial Government.

The road goes through one-third of the town’s 17 barangays, particularly Mercedes, Daan Paz, Esperanza, Adela and San Jose, or up to the boundary of Tudela town.

The groundbreaking was witnessed by Cebu Fifth District Rep. Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco and Board Member Red Duterte, as well as Poro Mayor Edgar Rama, Vice Mayor Luciano “Boy” Rama Jr. and other town officials.

Also in Poro, Garcia broke ground on the second phase of the Poro-Alta Vista Road concreting project in the highland barangay of Alta Vista.

The project, which costs P19,058,267, would ease the travel of farmers bringing their produce down to the market.

On the same day, the governor also broke ground on a road concreting project in Pilar town, with Pilar Mayor Manuel “Winky” Santiago and other town officials.

The 1.6-kilometer Lanao-Biasong Road that links the mountain barangay of Biasong to Barangay Lanao will cost the Provincial Government P31,538,540.

Garcia asked residents whose properties would be hit by the projects in both Poro and Pilar, to give the government road right of way, saying the value of their land would increase with the concreting and widening of the roads.

Last year, the Cebu Provincial Board passed an unprecedented provincial budget of P18.3 billion for 2022.

During the yearend assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay-Cebu Province in Cebu City last Dec. 14, Garcia said P8.5 billion would be allocated for the 20 percent development fund and other development projects which would include road concreting, bulk water supply development and similar related projects.