The municipal government of Aguinaldo, Ifugao officially broke ground its new P246.31-million farm-to-market road rehabilitation project at Potagon, Ubao.
The 8.397-kilometer improvement of Ubao-Manaot FMR, which covers barangays Ubao and Monggayang, is expected to benefit 446 households within its influence area. It is the first subproject of the Municipality of Aguinaldo under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).
The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Ifugao Rep. Solomon R. Chungalao, Aguinaldo Mayor Gaspar B. Chilagan Jr., DA-Cordillera Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey, and 3W Builders, Inc. representative Ramon Blackera.
Subproject beneficiaries, DA-Cordillera staff members, and officials from the provincial and municipal government were also present to witness the event.
Chungalao advised the stakeholders to help each other and do their best in the implementation of the road project so that it will be completed following quality standards.
Chilagan added the FMR subproject is historic because of the sacrifices, efforts, and cooperation rooted in its pursuit.
“This is the biggest project from the national government given to this municipality through the DA-PRDP, and your full support is needed in this pursuit,” said Chilagan, adding the FMR project will propel their municipality to progress.
Odsey commended the collective support given by the leaders, officials, and the community towards the approval and implementation of the FMR subproject.
“From start to finish, the community, officials, contractor, and the DA will help each other to watch over this project so it will be completed in good quality which will soon contribute not only to the development of the agriculture industry but the locality as a whole,” Odsey said.
Once the FMR is approved, it will not only benefit commuters from the influence area but will also serve as an alternate route to and from the nearby municipalities, including Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and Paracelis, Mountain Province.
Aside from addressing basic problems on accessibility thus reducing post-harvest losses and travel time, it is also seen to boost cardava banana production, especially within the road’s influence area. – Elvy T. Estacio with reports from Jessa Bimmoy