AT LEAST P200 million worth of road network projects in La Castellana town are seen to boost the agriculture and tourism sectors of the southern Negros Occidental town.

Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan Wednesday, February 7, said most of these projects are already up for bidding and construction this year.

The bulk is under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) Program of the National Government through various agencies like the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Opapp) pegged at about P150 million.

Others are funded through the road concreting initiative of the Provincial Government and Farm-to-Market (FMR) program of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).

“We are banking on the development of more road network projects to boost our agriculture and tourism sectors,” the mayor said, adding that these access roads will connect farmers to markets and link tourists to various local destinations.

Among the Pamana projects up for implementation include the road concreting in Barangay Camandag where the Mandayao Falls is located; Barangay Sag-ang that hosts one of the town’s major coffee production areas; and Barangay Manghanoy which will serve as exit road in case of eruption of Mt. Kanlaon.

The SRA has allocated P7.7 million worth of road concreting in Barangay Sag-ang. The project, which will also start this year, will benefit at least five agrarian reform beneficiaries organization.

Nicor-Mangilimutan said this is on top of the recently finished road development worth P33 million funded by the SRA – a 3.3-kilometer road still in Barangay Sag-ang.

Another P10 million worth of ongoing FMR project was provided by the DA, she added.

The Provincial Government also allocated P5.1 million for the concreting of 500-meter road in Barangay Cabacungan. The construction will start next month.

Nicor-Mangilimutan said Cabacungan is one of the town’s tourist destinations. It hosts some spring resorts and waterfalls, and a location for perfect viewing of Mt. Kanlaon.

“The project will greatly contribute to the tourism development of the town,” the mayor said, adding that Barangay Cabacungan is also the town’s biggest producer of agricultural products like rice, sugarcane, and coffee.

It will also be the host-site of the community-based coffee processing enterprise program of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development, she added.