Transporting farm products will soon be convenient for San Remigio town farmers as the Cebu Provincial Government is set to complete the construction of a 2.7 kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) project early next year.
Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III led the groundbreaking ceremony for the P27.092 million-worth project last Wednesday, Nov. 8 in observance of the 4th year anniversary since the town was badly affected by supertyphoon Yolanda.
“Four years ago, northern Cebu and this place (San Remigio), was devastated by supertyphoon Yolanda. Slowly, local government units rose up with the help of the Provincial Government through our inclusive growth policy “Kalambuan sa Matag Sugbuanon,” said Davide.
The project, which stretches from mountainous barangay Kinawahan up to Canagahan village, is set to be traversable by summer of 2018.
“Through this farm-to-market road (FMR), which will open five months from now in the mountains of San Remigio, farm products will not only reach its market fast, but still in its prime quality. This is our brand of development “Kalambuan sa Matag Sugbuanon,” said Davide.
Funded through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) soft loan program, the pavement is 5 meters wide and 150 millimeters thick. It will start at the town’s main highway and will link mountainous villages of the town.
The FMR will provide residents and workers a safer road to travel.
“Mas dali na among biyahe ug luwas,” said Jona Mae Lopez, a teacher of Canagahan Elementary School, who drives her own motorcycle to work.
Maria Joselina Mendaros, a barangay health worker, said the new road would also help them in conducting more home visits.
Canagahan Barangay Captain Jaime Vistar thanked the governor for the huge support his barangay received from the Provincial Government right after Yolanda.
San Remigio Mayor Mariano Martinez said the area was previously tagged by the Department of Health as a Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA).
“Sauna di makaari ang multi-cab, ang six by six truck ra,” he said, as he thanked Davide and PRDP for choosing them as a project beneficiary.
During the ceremony, Davide was joined by officials of the San Remigio LGU, led by Martinez, Brgy. Canagahan officials, Brgy. Kinawahan officials, Engr. Jose Alberto Barrogo, the PRDP deputy project director of Project Support Office Visayas and Engr. Jon Achacoso.
“Hinaut nga magpabilin unta ang inyong pagsalig sa amo ni Vice Gov Agnes Magpale, hugot ug permanente nga pagsalig,” Davide told the crowd gathered inside the Canagahan covered court.
The PRDP is geared towards countryside development, the same governing principles adhered under Davide’s six-key development agenda. The other five development platforms include health, education, environment protection, infrastructure, and law and order.
PRDP is a P27.48 billion six-year soft loan project from World Bank designed to establish a market-oriented agri-fishery sector through priority investments. The loan package will be paid by the national government with a 10 percent counterpart fund from Cebu Capitol with no cost to the LGU beneficiary.
PRDP started in 2014 and will last until 2020.