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A New Beginning. The ribbon cutting led by Mayor Agnes Popa, together with Joseph C. Cua and Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo, signifies the start of the concreting of the Sabangan-Datag East Junction FMR, a project aimed at enhancing accessibility for farmers and fishermen in the area.

Four barangays in Caramoran will soon benefit from the concreting of a 7.37-kilometer Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) by the Provincial Government of Catanduanes in partnership with the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) led its Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Starting Point. Improved livelihoods and booming trade industry will soon be felt by the Caramoranon folks after the groundbreaking ceremony of the long-awaited project.

The concreting of the junction road will benefit a total of 4,058 population in four barangays of the said municipality namely; Sabangan, Panique, Maui and Datag East.

A total of P126.99 million was allotted for the project that aims to reduce travel time of the abaca farmers, rice farmers and fishermen from almost 60 minutes to approximately 30-35 minutes.

Engr. Ted Eleda, PRDP-RPCO I-BUILD Assistant Head explained why the project took a long period of time to be realized.

“Inayos po kasi ang design. The original design was 6 inches, manipis. Inulit po pati ang feasibility at ginawang 8 inches, makapal that could withstand higher loads,” he shared.

“Now, its worth the wait. Natagalan pero maganda ang design,” he added.

According to Ms. Jo Lebarnes, PRDP PSO I-PLAN Head, this project is the first PRDP-assisted FMR in Catanduanes.

Still Serving. Despite his suspension, Joseph C. Cua actively supports the implementation of the projects in the province, vowing to continue collaborating with people in the grassroots level for projects deemed to improve their lives.

In his speech, Joseph C. Cua underscored that the groundbreaking ceremony is a testament of a government that responds to the people’s need not on the desire of the leader.

“An gabos na proyektong pigtatao kan lokal na gobierno nin Catanduanes, hale mismo sa mga resolusyon asin request nin mga barangay asin organisasyon na satong pig-aadalan kun arin an mga tataw-an nin prayoridad,” he added.

Furthermore, he expressed his gratitude to the persons involved in the realization of the project.

“The success of our local government cannot just be attributed to the leaders alone, rather, it’s a collective effort of everyone who envisions to bring our province to progress we aim for,” he furthered.

Meanwhile, Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo lauded the efforts of the different Heads of Provincial Offices in their contributions to realize the said project.

“Inihahandog po namin itong project sa mga taga Caramoran, na sana through this project, umasenso po yung buhay natin lalo na yung nandito sa Panique area, Maui, Datag, Sabangan at Tubli. Ito na po yung isang paraan para mapadali po yung pagtransport ng mga produkto ninyo. Malaking tulong po ito sainyo lalo na sa munisipyo ng Caramoran,” Acting Governor Abundo emphasized.

“Sana everything we receive, we give thanks to the Lord because hindi po ito magiging posible kung hindi po pahihintulutan ng Panginoon,” she concluded.

The road construction is part of the I-BUILD subproject of the PRDP that aims to help primarily the abaca farmers to reduce hauling cost of abaca commodities from P1.50 per kilogram to P0.75.


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