By Jezza Nepomoceno
ILOILO – The rehabilitation and concreting of farm-to-market (FMR) road that will serve over 15,000 residents in remote barangays of Tigbauan has secured clearance from the Environmental Management Bureau-Region 6.
EMB-6 Regional Director Atty. Jonathan Bulos approved the issuance of Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for Parara-Jamog FMR that will pass through Barangays Parara Norte, Parara Sur, Bagacay, Dorong-an, Buenavista, Bayuco, Binaliuan Mayor, Binaliuan Minor, Sermon, Dapdap, Taro, and Jamog, all in Tigbauan.
The road project, which will cost P72-million, is co-financed by the World Bank, Department of Agriculture and Iloilo Provincial Government under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
With the issuance of ECC, the agencies and local government units concerned are expected to implement the measures in the initial Environmental Examination Checklist intended to protect and mitigate the project’s adverse impacts on community health, welfare and environment.
These measures include the adoption of suitable construction method that will minimize odor, fumes, noise and vibrations provided under the Clean Air Act. Adequate warning signs, lightings and barricades whenever practicable shall also be provided, while used oils from heavy equipment shall be properly stored, handled and disposed.
Excavated materials shall be properly stockpiled and properly disposed or reused and excess soil materials shall be deposited in areas away from waterways and valuable crops.
There should also be no cutting of trees, specially banned species, without proper clearance from authorities. Should there be affected residents or properties, they shall be properly relocated and be given necessary assistance or compensation.
It also mandates for the planting of at least 500 fruit or forest tree species, preferably those endemic in the area, within the barangays covered by the project.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said they are now waiting for the issuance of the second Letter of No Objection from World Bank in order for the rehabilitation work to take off.
The governor stressed that with the help of PRDP, he is confident that he can pave at least 80% of 655.62-kilometer provincial road in the next three years.
Once the project is implemented, EMB-6 will monitor the it periodically to ensure the implementer’s compliance with stipulations cited in ECC.
The PRDP Parara-Jamog Tigbauan FMR covers a total length of 7.89 kilometers and a total width of 10 lineal meters which include the 1.5 meter shoulder and one meter canal ditch on both sides, and pavement thickness of 9 inches.