Saturday, 14 December 2019

P2.1B “hard projects” under Governor Solon

ALABEL, Sarangani (March 19, 2019) - Sarangani has rolled out P2.1 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the last four years.

From the P2.1 billion, the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) reported only the P57 million Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) funded Kanalo-Nomoh farm-to-market road (FMR) project in Maasim is still for bidding. While the rest had been fully expended.

Around 68.9% or a total of P1.4 billion were spent for road development particularly concreting of FMRs. Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon said this would address the plight of marginalized farmers in the province.

Solon said opening of FMRs will improve the marketing of the farmers’ products and would further “advance agriculture potentials” here.

Engr. Gerald Faciol of PEO said massive opening and concreting of Sarangani roads commenced in 2015 when only 8% out of the total 357 kilometers of provincial roads then were concreted. As of December 2017, Faciol disclosed the figure is already “42% paved roads.”

“The administration of Governor Solon was very aggressive nga masemento, maka-provide ug better access labi na didto sa atu-ang kabukiran kay mao man g’yud ang catalyst for development,” Faciol said.

According to Governor Solon, road investments prioritized in Sarangani’s development investment plan from 2016-2021 were “major core roads that provide strong linkages and connectivity to the existing and potential economic drivers of the province such as agriculture, tourism, fishery, services, trade and industry.”

By 2022, the provincial government hopes to hit 75% of its roads already cemented but Faciol said “this is just a conservative estimate.”

“Siguro by 2022, kung ing-ani gihapon ta ka-aggressive, mu-sobra pa ta sa atong target and fully masemento ang atong provincial roads.” Faciol said.

The provincial government, he said, has embarked on a very aggressive infrastructure plan and is also very aggressive in accessing external funding.

The province’s externally-funded projects were mostly sourced out from Department of Interior and Local Government’s KALSADA Program and Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces Program, Department of Agriculture’s Food Security Program, PRDP and Department of Health’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program with corresponding counterpart funds from the provincial government’s Annual Investment Program.

Since 2015, Sarangani has constructed a total of 31 farm-to-market and provincial roads and four bridges. Some of them are still in progress.

A total of P172 million, P839 million, and P519 million infra projects were implemented in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.

For 2018 alone, the provincial government has implemented a total of P568 million hard (tangible) projects that the governor said were done “ahead of schedule.”

“Our infrastructure projects are moving quickly,” Solon said, yet pressing for the PEO to work double time and “ensure the work is excellent always.”

“Karamihan ng funding natin ay nakukuha natin sa national and the reason why maraming dumarating ay kasi nakikita nila nagmo-move forward ang mga binibigay nila,” Solon pointed out.

Among the hard projects implemented were the 12 hospital upgrading and one early childhood care and development projects which amounted to P187 million.

Other projects consisted of water systems, flood and river control projects, multi-purpose hall, other structures and the construction of the Sarangani Sports Complex inside the Capitol compound with a P200 million fund allocation in 2017 and 2018. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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