ILOILO — The proposed concreting of 4.5-kilometer farm-to-market road of Oton here is now being evaluated by the National Project Coordination Office of the Philippine Rural Development Project.
This developed after the P46-million concreting of San Antonio-Lambuyao-Abilay road earned the approval of the Regional Project Advisory Board of PRDP in Western Visayas.
A resolution favorably endorsing the project was also passed by the Sangguniang Bayan of Oton to reiterate its full support to the road concreting which will make transportation and delivery of basic social services easy.
If approved in the national level, a Notice of No Objection (NOL 1) will be issued allowing the province to place the project for public and competitive bidding, according to Planning Officer III Mila Dellomo of the Provincial Planning and Development Office.
Meanwhile, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has committed to provide the needed 10 percent counterpart fund for the realization of the project, which is co-funded by World Bank and Department of Agriculture.
“Just imagine the difference between paved and dirt roads. Which do you think is better and more convenient? Of course, it’s the concrete road!” exclaimed Defensor when asked by reporters on the benefit of having this project.
In a related development, the other PRDP-funded road projects in the province are up for bidding.
The bidding for 10-kilometer Poblacion-Tacuyong Norte road in Leon is set for pre-procurement conference on August 28, while the opening of bids for 7-kilometer Parara-Jamog road in Tigbuan will be on September 4.
These two are in addition to the concreting of 28-kilometer Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua Agahon-Agtabo road that will pave the way for the development of Passi City.
The construction of the longest farm-to-market road network in the Visayas costs P257.8-million and is considered as the biggest PRDP project in the Philippines this 2015. JAN