Hands-on. General Manager Antonio A. Jimenez Jr of PLDC demonstrates to the member of World Bank Consultants the process of abaca cutting in abaca warehouse of PLDC in Sipi, Bato.
Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) executives together with World Bank Consultants (WBC) and Project Support Office-South Luzon visited Catanduanes for a two-day mission last May 29 and 30, 2019.
During the two-day mission, WBC, PRDP Executives alongside with the National Project Coordination Office (NPCO), Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO), PRDP-PPMIU and Municipal Project Coordination Office (MPCO) visited three subprojects.
One of the projects is an I-BUILD or Intensified Building up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development at Caramoran for the farm-to-market road.
While the other two projects are I-REAP or Investments in Rural Enterprises and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity with an I-BUILD component at Bato for Pinoy Lingap Damayan Mutlipurpose Cooperative (PLDC) and Panganiban for Panganiban Fisherfolks Association (PFA) for the discussion of the subproject development details.
For the I-BUILD, the team conducted a walk-through inspection of the 7.37-kilometer Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in Caramoran that stretches from four barangay of the said municipality namely; Sabangan, Panique, Maui and Datag East.
The team also conducted a dialogue and consultation with the affected individuals for the road construction.
On the other hand, the team also conducted a dialogue and consultation with the proponent groups of microenterprise subprojects in Bato for PLDC and in Panganiban for the PFA.
In an interview Engr. Elsie B. Reyes, Department Head of Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) said that the preparation for this mission was compose of numerous initial pre-mission activities.
“Su preparation ta, syempre may coordination satuya sa PRDP-PPMIU, nagkaigwa kita ning initial site visits, kasi pigaprepare siya, duman na ngane sa mission proper,” she explains.
However, she said that during the site visits, the team have seen problems, particularly in slope protection for the road construction.
“Yung comment ninda duman yung sa Caramoran, yung slope daa medyo halangkaw, so kaipuhan itong ibababa pa. May isyu rin na nagluwas sa right of way, kasi sabi ninda pagnababa ka nin slope yung sa itaas na portion, yung lot na nasa itaas affected siya,” she said.
“Pero at that time na pagpunta mi duman ta nagkahululon pa man kami nung SES team ninda, ta tig-clarify ko na may provincial road na existing, pag-provincial road siya, puwede kita mag-extend nin15 to 20 meters,” she explains.
Moreover, there’s also a consultation meeting in Legazpi City, Albay by the I-PLAN team with Catanduanes State University (CSU) last June 1 for the presentation of the initial result of the Mangrove Resources Mapping and Stakeholder’s Engagement for Sustainable Crab Industry Development in Catanduanes.
On the other hand, Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo through her speech during the mission gave her thanks to the members of the WBC and other agencies involve to the subproject in three municipalities that will serve significantly to Catandunganons.
Engr. Reyes further explains that they will first address the suggestions given by NPCO and RPCO, while they are waiting for the written report prepared by the WBC for the result of their assessment on the just concluded site visits.
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