A P48 million farm-to-market road project was inaugurated and turned over to the local government of Manapla in Negros Occidental on Thursday, Oct. 21.
Department of Agriculture 6 (DA-6) Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter and Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led the activity.
The DA-PRDP road project is from Barangay 1A to Punta Salong and registers a total of 10,565 households as direct beneficiaries.
The activity started with the blessing of the project, followed by a short program attended by Manapla Mayor Manuel Escalante III and Vice Mayor Edgar Pagayonan; PRDP PSO Visayas Deputy Project Director, Engr. Jose Albert Barrogo; Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU) Head, Dr. Narissa Lemoncito; Office of the Provincial Agriculturist OIC Dr. Dina Genzola; Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa; and other local officials and residents.
Lacson said that the difficulty of transporting agricultural goods has been endured by farmers for a long time and has been aggravated by the pandemic and vulnerability to frequent weather changes, that is why rural infrastructure is a major development priority of the provincial government.
“To the people of Manapla, particularly farmers and fisherfolks, please know that your provincial government together with your local government have your best interest at heart and we are going to do what we can to assist and empower you,” he said.
The project has the same funding counterparts from the World Bank, national government and the provincial government of Negros Occidental./WDJ