RPAB approves P377-M worth of farm-to-market road projects in Cebu

Cebu Province has acquired P377 million worth of farm-to-market (FMR) road projects towards the end of the year.

The Regional Project Advisory Board (RPAB) for Central Visayas has approved at least three FMR subprojects in Cebu last Dec. 8.

The RPAB approval is a first step before the projects can secure funds under the Department of Agriculture’s World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP).

Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena said this is the biggest road projects that have been approved by the RPAB thus far.

The biggest project in terms of road length is owned by the municipality of Sogod with 19 kilometers of road.

The other newly RPAB-approved projects are located in the towns of Tudela and Santander with road lengths of 11 and six kilometers, respectively.

Early this year, RPAB also endorsed for funding around P143 million of FMRs in the typhoon Yolanda-stricken northern Cebu area.

The bidding for the projects already started last November after these were issued with No Objection Letter 1 by the National Project Coordination Office.

Two small livelihood projects in the town of San Remegio were also approved by RPAB. These are the native chicken production in Barangay Maño and wine production in Barangay Tambongon.

Bigger livelihood subprojects will be endorsed starting next year, said Estella Rodriguez, project management officer for PRDP-Cebu Provincial Project Monitoring and Implementing Unit (PPMIU).

PRDP is a countrywide mechanism that provides funding to develop the accessibility of farms and other component projects.

The Cebu-PPMIU identified nine road links to be included for funding in the 2016 annual investment plan. This would cost P97 million for the province as its 10 percent counterpart.

In the Provincial Development Council Meeting earlier, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Benigno Cris Lucero said this gives the Capitol P970 million worth of road projects from PRDP.