Multi-million Peso Provincial Road Projects Poised to Transform, Develop Communities

The ongoing 5.40-kilometer road concreting project from the National Highway Junction Libudon-Longcacob-Sanghay Section Phase 1 funded under the 2016 Kalsada Program of the DILG with counterpart funds from the Provincial Government

DAVAO ORIENTAL – The implementation of three major circumferential or alternate road projects in the province are set to transform marginalized areas to economically thriving and developed communities.

Stretching to a total of 31.4 kilometers, traversing nine villages in the City of Mati and Lupon town, these road concreting projects are poised to pave way for development in the hinterlands by boosting agricultural productivity and trade as well as provide alternate routes in times of disasters.

The three ongoing road projects under the Provincial Road Network Development Plan. The red line is the 14.36 kilometers MATAVISAN Road Project in Lupon town funded by the DA-PRDP and Provincial Government; The green line is the 5.40-kilometer road from the National Highway Junction Libudon-Longcacob-Sanghay Section Phase 1 funded under the DILG’s 2016 Kalsada Program; the Yellow line is the  12-kilometer road concreting from the National Highway Junction-Badas-Culian-Sanghay funded under the DILG’s CMGP.

A brainchild of Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, this master plan called the Provincial Road Network Development Plan is considered among the most ambitious development projects under his administration, which bids to create connection loops across villages and towns.

Among the three major road projects is the 14.36 kilometers MATAVISAN farm-to-market road that will directly benefit some 6,000 residents in four villages in Lupon town namely Macangao, Tagboa, New Visayas, and San Isidro. This P 216 million road concreting project is funded under the Philippine Rural Development Program of the Department of Agriculture and the Provincial Government.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

Meanwhile, two other big-ticket road projects in the City of Mati are being financed by the Department of Interior and Local Government.  These are the 12-kilometer road concreting from the National Highway Junction-Badas-Culian-Sanghay with an allocation of P 246.6 million, and the 5.40-kilometer road from the National Highway Junction Libudon-Longcacob-Sanghay Section Phase 1 with an earmarked fund of P 98.3 million. These projects are being funded under the DILG’s Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) and 2016 Kalsada Program with 30% counterpart fund from the province, respectively.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga said the province was able to avail huge funding from the agency because of its good track record in the implementation of the Kalsada Program and for passing the Seal of Good Local Governance – two of the crucial preconditions for a province to tap funds from the agency.

Gov. Dayanghirang said that the implementation of these ambitious road network projects will become one of the focuses of his administration, realizing how enhanced connectivity can pave way for economic opportunities and more developments.

He also emphasized how infrastructure such as roads can make significant impacts in the province peace and development efforts. Ensuring faster delivery of government services, especially to the marginalized communities, the Governor stressed the strong link that exists between infrastructure interventions to the successful reduction of violence and conflict.

The Governor, during his site visit on the ongoing road construction in Barangay Libudon in the City of Mati, urged the residents to support the government in the project implementation. He asked them to become ‘watchdogs’ to help in securing the construction equipment and materials so that there will be no delays in the completion of the projects.  

By empowering the people through the provision of necessary infrastructures to support their livelihood, the Provincial Government is assured of advancing development and in reducing poverty. Gov. Dayanghirang said that building roads is an investment worth making to provide opportunities to the people in the countryside.  By Karen Lou Deloso/ Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

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