ILOILO —The World Bank, through the Philippine Rural Development Program of the Department of Agriculture, has agreed to finance two more farm-to-market roads in Iloilo worth P189-million.
These new projects are in addition to the concreting of 28-kilometer Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua Agahon-Agtabo road that can pave the way for the development of Passi City.
The construction of the longest farm-to-market road network in the Visayas will costs P257.8-million and is considered as the biggest PRDP project in the Philippines this 2015.
The other roads to be rehabilitated under the World Bank-assisted PRDP projects are the 10-kilometer Poblacion-Tacuyong Norte road in Leon and the 7-kilometer Parara-Jamog road in Tigbuan.
These two road projects are expected to costs P117-million and P72-million, respectively.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias said that they are now discussing the possible ways on how to fast track the completion of the project proposals for the final approval of the World Bank.
PRDP has so far issued a letter of no objection to the two projects allowing the provincial government to schedule the construction works for procurement.
“Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. is committed to give his full support to these projects. Once it will be materialized, we will provide additional manpower, equipment and budget to the offices of Provincial Engineer’s Office and Provincial Planning and Development Office,” Banias said.
After the completion of the bid process or evaluation, the province will wait for the issuance of the second letter of no objection from World Bank and certificate of availability of fund from DA before they can issue a notice of award to the lowest calculated and responsive bidder.