Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., Mayor Alex Centena and other officials lay the time capsule during the ground breaking of a 12.4-kilometer road concreting project from Brgy. Cabugao to Tuyongan in Calinog, Iloilo under the Conditional Matching Grant (CMGP) of the Department of Interior and Local Government on Friday, October 27, 2017.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. led the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 12.4-kilometer concrete road from Brgy. Cabugao to Brgy. Tuyongan in Calinog, Iloilo on Friday, October 27, 2017.
The project is part of the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) for road repair, rehabilitation and improvement by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
DILG gave Iloilo province a grant of P413 million this year for the CMGP. Iloilo province availed of the grant because it has consistently obtained the Seal of Good Local Governance and it has complied with the requirements set by the DILG.
Third District Rep. Arthur Defensor, Sr., Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, Board Member Emmanuel Gallar, Provincial Engineer Gracianito Lucero, Mayor Alex Centena and other local officials of Calinog also attended the ground breaking ceremony held at Brgy. Badlan Grande, one of the seven barangays that will directly benefit from the project.
Centena said the 12.4-kilometer road concreting project will traverse the following barangays, Cabugao, Badlan Pequeño, Badlan Grande, Banban Grande, Badlan Pequeño, Alibunan and Tuyongan.
Mountainous barangays such as Supanga, Binulusan and Cahigon will also benefit from the project because it is their only access in going to the town proper.
“This project has long been a dream of our people and we thank Gov. Defensor for making this happen,” Centena said.
Engr. Lucero said the road project has a standard width of 6.1 meters and thickness of 10 inches.
It will be implemented by the International Builders Corp. (IBC) with a project cost of P160.8 million and project duration of 308 calendar days.
Gov. Defensor noted that the project is a fulfillment of a promise he gave many years ago. “I know how important is this road to you… your sacrifices, your hardships will soon end,” he quipped.
“We are planning to extend the road concreting up to the mountainous barangays of Supanga and Cahigon, I hope it will be realized with the help of other funding agencies,” Defensor added.
Meanwhile, also scheduled for ground breaking this coming November 3, 2017 under the CMGP is the Mina-Talibong-Yugot-Nabitasan-Naslo Road covering the towns of Mina and Pototan (8.812 kms) with a budget of P121,815,217.20.
Aside from CMGP, the province is also a recipient of grants from the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), which is spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture and World Bank.
There are three on-going PRDP road rehabilitation projects in the province, namely, Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemomua-Agahon-Agtabo, Passi farm to market road with a length of 28 kms. amounting to P257,800,001; Pob. Tacuyong Norte, Leon farm to market road with a length of 10.29 kms amounting to P114 million; and Parara-Jamog, Tigbauan farm to market road with a length of 7.89 kms amounting to P76,283,727.77.
Also, under bidding process in the the rehabilitation of the 9.9-kilometer Tinucuan-Purog-Maribuyong, Dueñas farm to market road with a project cost of P101,596,718.38.
Defensor added two more road projects are still waiting for inclusion in PRDP. These are San Antonio-Lambuyao-Abilay, Oton farm to market road (4.460 kms) and Bongol-Tambal-Quipot, Janiuay farm to market road (12.918 kms).