ILOILO — The proposed rehabilitation of road networks that are essential to the development of three agricultural towns here are waiting for the approval of World Bank.
These three are the 4.46-kilometer San Antonio-Lambuyao Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in Oton (P45.5-million), the 18-kilometer Janiuay-Bongol-Tambal-Quipot FMR in Janiuay (P180-million), and the 15-kilometer Tinocuan-Fundation FMR (P150-million) in Dueñas.
The issuance of Letter of No Objection from World Bank is required to jumpstart the bidding process of the three Philippine Rural Development Projects, according to Provincial Planning Officer III Mila Dellomo.
If realized, the improved road network will ease the transportation of agricultural products which, in return, will pave the way for the economic growth of thousands of communities in affected areas.
Dellomo added that the feasibility study, detailed engineering design and social environmental safeguard for the three projects have been submitted to the National Project Coordination Office of PRDP for review.
The three are in addition to the ongoing rehabilitation of P257.8-million Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua-Agahon FMR in Passi City and two other projects approved by World Bank in Tigbuan and Leon.
The P77-million Parara-Jamog FMR in Tigbuan is scheduled for re-bidding on February 10, while the P117-million Poblacion-Tacuyong Norte FMR in Leon will soon be awarded to a contractor after the issuance of the second Letter of No Objection.
Also, the Provincial Planning and Development Office headed by Mario Nillos is currently preparing the feasibility study and detailed engineering design for the proposed rehab of Potrido-Igbogo-Alimodias FMR in Miagao. The proposed PRDP project in Miagao will cost P150-million.
PRDP is a national project under the Department of Agriculture that provides key infrastructure and facilities relevant to the improvement of household income, competitiveness and productivity in target communities. JAN