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P166 M worth of road projs in Mountain Province completed
Dexter A. See
Mountain Province, 4-13-2014

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Thirty-five projects worth more than P166 million were completed by the provincial government to help in the government’s infrastructure program geared towards improving the state of infrastructure in the rural areas.

Gov. Leonard Mayaen said the provincial government was able to obtain a P226M loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines to bankroll priority impact projects in the different municipalities and help spur economic activities in the countryside.

“We focused in the concreting and upgrading of provincial roads in the 10 municipalities to improve the link between the national and provincial roads that will translate to opening up potential investment opportunities in the remote villages, especially in relation to ecotourism,” Mayaen said.

Mayaen said the loan was obtained by the provincial government using its Internal Revenue Allotment for the next 10 years as its collateral.

He said local government units must be resourceful in generating and sourcing out funds to help improve the road networks.

“We have to do our part in the implementation of the infrastructure projects, especially within our areas of jurisdiction and not to solely rely on the national government to provide us with our basic infrastructure needs,” Mayaen said.

Under existing rules, funds from the national government could only be used to fund priority impact projects along national roads while local funds will be used to finance the implementation of projects along provincial, city, municipal, and barangay roads.

He said the various infrastructure projects for the improvement of provincial and municipal roads were equitably distributed to the 10 towns.

Despite being a fourth-class province, Mayaen said the ability of the provincial government to source out funds for the implementation of more infrastructure projects in the far-flung communities could be attributed to the sound and transparent governance of the leaders coupled with the cooperation of the private sector and the community in the provision of such available resources.

Mayaen said by next year, almost all of the province’s national roads and secondary national arterial roads will be fully concreted.

“Mountain Province will continue to be resilient and vibrant to help our people slowly move out from the shackles of poverty and open the floodgates for environmentally-friendly growth and development,” Mayaen said.

He added the P60M balance of the loan that remains to be implemented will be used for the improvement of the Bontoc General Hospital, construction of a legislative guest house, construction of a provincial road in Natonin, building of a portable shed in Bontoc, and the construction of an open gymnasium in Tadian.

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