May 23, 2024

TANUDAN, Kalinga – A development milestone has been achieved in this municipality as the 6.16-kilometer Banneng-Darulog-Bawac farm-to-market road (FMR) was formally inaugurated.

The project worth P146 million was implemented under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) to improve accessibility and help revive Tanudan’s coffee industry.

Since its completion, the road has improved the mobility of residents, bringing them closer to commercial centers and easing their access to government services.

Habang dakami ti barangay officials, aramiden mi ti kabaelan mi nga mangbantay iti daytoy nga kalsada,” said Moises L. Rosario, Dupligan punong barangay.

Kalinga Gov. James S. Edduba credited the project’s success to the hard work and collaborative effort of the agencies and offices involved as he assured provincial government’s continued commitment in pursuing projects that will boost Kalinga’s agriculture industry.

“The PRDP projects will always be a testament of collaboration. Project implementation becomes an easier task both for the proponent LGU and for the line agencies like DA when the ownership of projects is imbibed in the community, and the LGUs are capacitated,” DA-Cordillera Director Jennilyn Dawayan said.

Kalinga is among the top implementers of the World Bank-funded program, so far acquiring six infrastructure projects implemented with excellent ratings.

“Kalinga has implemented the PRDP with flying colors, hitting around P1 billion worth of investments, P940 million for infrastructures and P22.4M for enterprises,” DA-PRDP North Luzon Deputy Project Director Elma S. Mananes said.

“Among the 22 provinces of North Luzon, fourth ang Kalinga sa may pinakamalaking nakuha out of the P10.4B in the cluster. Congratulations po, almost 10 percent ang napunta sa Kalinga,” Mananes added.

The turnover ceremony was held in Barangay Dupligan and graced by DA officials, local government officials and employees, and Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, among others. – Iryll Gay O. Sicnao