NegOcc town banks on road projects to enhance agri, tourism sectors

Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan of La Castellana, Negros Occidental 
Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan of La Castellana, Negros Occidental

The Municipality of La Castellana in Negros Occidental is banking on its road network projects funded by various government agencies to enhance the development of its agriculture and tourism sectors.

Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan said as of Feb.8, about P200 million worth of infrastructure projects are up for bidding and construction for 2018.

Majority of the P150 million fund has been allocated by the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) Program through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The road concreting project is funded by the Provincial Government while Farm-to-Market (FMR) program will be implemented through the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).

“We are banking on the development of more road network projects to boost our agriculture and tourism sectors,” the mayor said.

Nicor-Mangilimutan said these access roads will connect farmers to markets and link tourists to various town destinations.

The Pamana projects set for implementation are the road concreting in Barangay Camandag, where Mandayao Falls is situated; Barangay Sag-ang, which hosts a major coffee production area; and Barangay Manghanoy, which will serve as exit road in case of eruption of Mount Kanlaon.

Also, the SRA has allocated P7.7 million for road concreting in Barangay Sag-ang expected to benefit at least five agrarian reform organizations, which will supplement recently-completed PHP33-million road development also funded by the SRA in the same village Barangay Sag-ang.

The DA-funded P10-million road project is also ongoing.

Meanwhile, the provincial government allocated P5.1 million for the concreting of 500-meter road in Barangay Cabacungan set to start next month.

As major tourist spot, Cabacungan hosts several spring resorts and waterfalls and has a perfect view of Mount Kanlaon. PNA