The occasion, graced by Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., signals the start of the project which is expected to be completed after 167 calendar days. The road concreting with a budget of P77 million is funded by the World Bank through the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) with 10 per cent counterpart from the provincial government and the municipality. “Finally, the project that we have been waiting for is here,” Mayor Suzette Alquisada of Tigbauan told the audience composed of barangay officials and residents of neighboring barangays during the program at Mayor Eugenio Torento Elementary School.
Alquisada noted that the concreting of the Parara-Jamog road was brought up way back during her first term in 2013. “We pushed for this project and with the help of Gov. Defensor we lobbied for the project’s inclusion in the PRDP which was finally approved in 2015,” recalled Alquisada. “There were some glitches during the bidding process which resulted to the delay in implementation but now here we are witnessing the start of the project,” she added.
Gov. Defensor said he personally pushed for the inclusion of the Parara-Jamog road in PRDP because he himself experienced how deplorable is the road condition. “I know how hard it is to travel in this road especially during the rainy season that is why we worked hard to make this dream of concreting the Parara-Jamog road a reality,” Defensor stressed.
The concreting of Parara-Jamog road is expected to benefit 20 barangays, namely, Parara Sur, Parara Norte, Bagacay, Dorong-an, Buenavista, Bayuco, Binaliuan Mayor, Binaliuan Menor, Sermon, Dapdap, Taro, Isauan, Jamog, Guisian, Danao, San Rafael, Lanag, Lubog, Alupidian and Nagba.
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.
Also ongoing is the construction of 10.2 kilometer farm-to-market road from Poblacion Leon up to Brgy. Tacuyong Norte with a funding of P114.8 million. One more farm-to-market road is up for concreting this year under the PRDP: The 4.5 km San Antonio-Lambuyao-Abilay road in Oton. Defensor cited that the road projects would benefit not only the farmers but the residents of the underlying villages.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. shakes hands with barangay officials as he, along with Mayor Suzette Alquisada and other town officials, walk towards Mayor Eugenio Torento Elementary School where the program for the ground breaking ceremony of P77 million Parara-Jamog farm-to-market road concreting project was held.