July 19, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – To ensure orderly, smooth, and efficient implementation of two high-impact peace and development projects in the municipality, a consultation with the recipients was conducted on June 6, at the Sangguniang Bayan conference hall.

The projects – rehabilitation of the Amfikiyan to Mayayat access road amounting to P25 million and the improvement of the Bontoc public market phase 1 worth P20M are funded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (Opapru).

Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr., said improvement of public market urgent due to safety concerns arising from the building being declared unsafe by the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment team in the aftermath of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Northern Luzon on July 27, 2022.

He added the project is expected to foster entrepreneurship and enhance the overall shopping experience of residents and visitors alike.

On the rehabilitation of the Amfikiyan to Mayayat access road, the mayor said the project will spur agricultural and economic activities because of the ease of transporting crops to the market. It will also ensure easier, safer and comfortable transportation during medical emergencies and will boost tourism activities in the locality.

Tudlong thanked the stakeholders for their attendance and explained the representatives from the Opapru came to meet them as beneficiaries.

The team from Opapru were Peace Program Officer III Roland Keno Chua; Project Development Officer III Angel Palma, Jr.; and Administrative Officer III Kenneth Garcia.

Chua explained that Pamana is a national government convergence program that provides development assistance such as infrastructure projects and livelihood packages in remote, conflict-affected communities.

Chua said the program enables national line agencies and local government units to collaborate to deliver conflict-sensitive and peace-promoting projects to communities.

During the consultation, members of the Bontoc Market Vendors Association and Poblacion Punong Barangay Florence Taguiba raised their concerns about the improvement of market.

They also extended their gratitude to the national government and the LGU.

With regard to the rehabilitation of Amfikiyan to Mayayat access road, Maria Codeo who is one among those who shall benefit from the project expressed her gratitude to the government.

“Improved roads mean safer travel, easier access to essential services, and a boost to local economy. For our children, it means safer routes to school. For our business, it means safer logistics and new growth opportunities. For all of us, it means a stronger, more connected community,” she added.

The consultation was facilitated by the Office of the Municipal Engineer. – Alpine K. Malwagay