P301 million PRDP projects now implemented in MP

BONTOC, Mountain Province  – Some P301 million worth of farm-to-market roads (FMRs) funded under the World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) have been given the green light for implementation in several towns of the province.

 

Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. said once completed, the projects will spur economic activities in the remote villages and interconnect the sources of agricultural products to the markets to provide farmers with sustainable sources of income.

Among the on-going PRDP FMR projects in the province are the P65 million Banata-Sumey-ang-Sadsadan road in Bauko, Poblacion-Bantay road in Paracelis amounting to P40 million, the P102.5 million Besao to Nacauang road in Besao, and the P92 million Nacauang-Mabalite road in Tadian.

“We were able to address the problems that cropped up during the course of the bidding of the projects that is why the winning contractors were issued their notices to proceed with their works,” Lacwasan stressed.

The Besao-Nacauang road is an 11.7-kilometer road linking several barangays of Besao town with works ranging from concreting, construction of drainage systems, slope protection walls, among others, that will ensure the smooth transport of agricultural crops from the farms to the markets while the Nacauang-Mabalite road is an 8.933-kilometer road that shall be concreted and built with sufficient drainage systems and slope protection walls.

On the other hand, the 3.1-kilometer Poblacion-Bantay road and the 4.5-kilometer Banata-Sumey-ang-Sadsadan road have similar works of concreting, put-up of drainage systems, and construction of slope protection walls that will allow the free flow of vehicles geared towards supporting the agriculture and tourism industries in the said municipalities.

According to the governor, the provincial government will be aggressive in sourcing out funds from national and international funding agencies to improve the infrastructure development of the province that will translate to better economic growth even in the remote villages.

He appealed to the residents who will be inconvenienced by the implementation of the projects to understand the present situation and be patient because they will reap the fruits of development in the future as travel from their places to the urban centers will be far more convenient and stress-free once the contractors will turn over the projects to the government.

He expressed his gratitude to the agriculture department for having developed the PRDP so that less developed provinces will have a chance of accessing funds to implement major infrastructure projects in their areas of jurisdiction to cascade development to the countryside.

Lacwasan remains optimistic that the province will be receiving more infrastructure projects in the coming years because of the linkages established not only with concerned government agencies but also with international funding agencies who had been impressed by how the provincial government implemented previously funded projects.

By HENT http://baguioheraldexpressonline.com

 

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Mt. Province Destinations

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Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.