“A dream come true.” This was how Mayor Rolito Cajilig of Leon, Iloilo described the concreting of the 10.2 kilometer farm-to-market road from the poblacion up to Brgy. Tacuyong Norte.
The road concreting project under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) of the Department of Agriculture and funded by the World Bank was officially launched in a ground breaking ceremony at the project’s starting point on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The project costing P114.8 million is expected to be completed after 300 working days.
Cajilig expressed gratitude to the project which would benefit 22 barangays with an estimated population of 14,290. “The people of Leon especially in the vicinity of the road project are thankful that soon they would already experience concrete road which they have been dreaming ever since,” Cajilig said. He also thanked Gov. Arthur Defensor and Second District Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta who brought the project to his town. Gorriceta recalled how he sought the help of Gov. Defensor and the DA officials more than two years ago to have the project in Leon be included in PRDP.
The Iloilo provincial government provided a 10 percent counterpart or P11.4 million to the project. Defensor stressed the importance of PRDP in alleviating the lives of the poor particularly in the countryside. He admitted that the province alone could not turn “many of our provincial roads into concrete ones because of lack of funds.” Iloilo province has more than 600 kilometers of provincial roads, he noted.
PRDP is a six-year development platform of the national government funded by the World Bank and implemented under the Department of Agriculture. It currently implements the concreting of 28-kilometer Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua Agahon-Agtabo farm to market road in Passi City with a budget of P257.8 million. The said road project, launched in July last year, is considered the biggest PRDP project in the Philippines for 2015.
Two more farm-to-market roads are up for concreting this year under the PRDP. The 4.5 km San Antonio-Lambuyao-Abilay road in Oton and the 7 km Parara-Jamog road in Tigbauan. Defensor said that the road projects would benefit not only the farmers but the residents of the underlying villages.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. delivers a message during the groundbreaking ceremony of the 10.2 km road concreting project from Poblacion to Tacuyong Norte, Leon, Iloilo on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The 114.8 million road concreting project is under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) of the Department of Agriculture and funded by the World Bank.