Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., Batad Mayor Pedro Alarcon, Vice Mayor Cresencio Arcosa, Provincial Engineer Gracianito Lucero and other officials lay the time capsule during the groundbreaking ceremony of the road concreting project in Brgy. Hamod, Batad, Iloilo on Saturday, September 23, 2017.
Another dream road project is about to become reality in Batad, Iloilo.
Last Saturday, September 23, 2017, Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. led the groundbreaking ceremony for the concreting of a 2.5-kilometer provincial road from the national highway to Brgy. Embarkadero in the said town.
The project, which costs P42,622,844.40, is being implemented under the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). 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.
The concreting of the said road has long been a dream of the residents in barangays Hamod, Embarkadero and Salong. “It took four decades for our dream to come true and we thank Gov. Defensor for this,” Punong Barangay Jose Maria Rubias of Brgy. Hamod said.
Mayor Pedro Alarcon, who also present in the groundbreaking ceremony, said the road project would also be a gateway to more developments as it could serve as alternate route in going to the neighboring town of Estancia. “With the help of Gov. Defensor, we would also work for the expansion of this road concreting project up to Brgy. Jolog which is the boundary to Estancia,” Alarcon said.
Gov. Defensor noted that Brgy. Jolog in Estancia would be the site of the seaport to be put up by Ayala Land which is currently developing the upcoming tourist destination Sicogon Island. The project contractor, William Uy Construction, committed to finish the project by mid-December this year.
Meanwhile, three more provincial roads are up for rehabilitation under the CMGP. These are: 1) Mina-Talibong-Yugot-Nabitasan-Naslo Road covering the towns of Mina and Pototan (8.812 kms) with budget of P121,815,217.20; 2) Cabugao-Banban-Toyungan road in Calinog (13.7 kms) with a budget of P165,871,562.00; and 4) Carles Poblacion-Bancal/Abong-Tarong road in Carles (5.936 kms) with a budget of P82,573,739.00.
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). The governor noted that the road rehabilitation projects would greatly help the people especially in the hinterlands as it would make their travel convenient and would improve the transport of goods and agricultural products to the town centers.