Sarangani infra dev’t in countryside

05 Apr 2016
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ALABEL, Sarangani (April 5, 2016) – The provincial government has poured in some P317 million from its local sources in the last three years for infrastructure development, easing up community life in rural areas and luring investments.

But externally funded projects amounting to P954.91 million from the Department of Interior and Local Government Special Local Road Fund and Seal of Good Housekeeping, Agriculture Food Security Program and SELAP, Mindanao Rural Development Program, Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), Department of Health, Department of Tourism and Department of Public Works and Highways have complemented to even boost the province’s infrastructure development in the same period.

Sarangani has accessed another P301 million from PRDP for additional farm-to-market roads (FMRs) that are already in the pipeline.

Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said the FMRs would directly benefit farmers “who can get their products to market faster, with less damage, and demand higher prices. They also benefit local economies and peripheral services, such as trucking, markets, and local retail customers.”

“We also see these FMRs improving peace and order and access to healthcare and education,” he said.

According to Solon, the P317 million funded locally was able to leverage external funding that accumulated P1.2 billion for infrastructures designed to “save lives and limbs and the valuable properties of (our) people.”

As reported, there are 505.4 kilometers of roads, 10 bridges, 22 buildings, six river control projects, 21 water supply projects, 192 units of electrification projects, Capitol grounds beautification, welcome arch projects constructed and implemented across its seven towns.

Soon, Solon said, another 70 kilometers of FMRs will be implemented from the I-BUILD component of the Rural Development Program which the provincial government earmarked a counterpart of around P75 million as 10% share.

These FMRs, according to Solon, would open and improve remotest villages in Sarangani like the National Highway Junction in Calabanit- E. Alegado in Glan, Lun Masla-Kinam-Boundary Don Marcelino in Malapatan, Mutag in Maasim and Kayupo-Maligang-Sito Malayo in Kiamba.

Solon pointed out these hard projects had been designed for Sarangans to address the “sad plight of the marginalized farmers” here, at the same time “advancing agriculture potentials and tourism and investment promotions efforts.”

Miller Esparagoza, Punong Barangay of Lun Masla, Malapatan, said the 3.5-kilomoter cemented road connecting Lun Masla to Barangay Kinam has long been the desire of his constituents for the last four decades and for this he said “dako kayo among pasalamat kay Governor Steve.” (Beverly C. Paoyon / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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