Road rehab in Leon starts; thousands seen to benefit

Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Second District Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the 10.2-km road concreting project from Poblacion to Tacuyong Norte, Leon, Iloilo on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Photo by ECGarcia/Capitol News
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Second District Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the 10.2-km road concreting project from Poblacion to Tacuyong Norte, Leon, Iloilo on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Photo by ECGarcia/Capitol News

The concreting of a 10.2 kilometer farm-to-market road from Barangay Poblacion to Barangay Tacuyong Norte in the town of Leon, Iloilo officially started on Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The project worth P114.8 million is funded under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

The PDRP “is a six-year national project implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and funded by the World Bank.

It aims “to increase the country’s agriculture and fisheries productivity and income.”

The Iloilo Provincial Government provided a 10 percent counterpart or P11.4 million to the project, which is expected to be completed after 300 working days.

The ceremony was attended by Mayor Rolito Cajilig, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., Second District Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta and DA officials.

In a press release from the Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Cajilig said the project is “a dream come true.”

According to Cajilig, 22 barangays with an estimated population of 14,290 would benefit from the project.

“The people of Leon especially in the vicinity of the road project are thankful that soon they would already experience concrete road which they have been dreaming ever since,” he said.

The Mayor also thanked Defensor and Gorriceta who brought the project to his town.

In his message, Defensor stressed the importance of PRDP in alleviating the lives of the poor particularly in the countryside.

He admitted that the province alone could not turn “many of our provincial roads into concrete ones because of lack of funds.”

Iloilo province has more than 600 kilometers of provincial roads, he noted. IMT