Assistant Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay and Mayor Eric
Pajulio (4th and 3rd from left) cut the ceremonial ribbon
during the turnover and inauguration rites of two
rehabilitated roads in Matalom, Leyte’s remote villages.
2 roads in Matalom’s remote villages
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
July 11, 2018
MATALOM, Leyte –
Farmers here see economic opportunities as two remote villages in
this third-class municipality can already be penetrated by all types
of vehicles after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
rehabilitated the roads in going to Barangays San Vicente and
DAR thru the second phase
of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II) rehabilitated
the 3.70-kilometer Esperanza-San Vicente road and the 2.69-kilometer
Elevado-President Garcia road.
A double barrel reinforced
concrete box culvert and a single barrel, three units reinforced
concrete pipe culvert were also constructed along the Esperanza-San
Vicente farm-to-market road that would serve as bridge in crossing
streams; while in the Elevado-President Garcia farm-to-market road,
a single barrel, three units reinforced concrete pipe culvert and
slope protection were likewise constructed.
Making sure that travel on
both roads will be safe, critical portions were concreted.
Chairman Avelino Acasio of
Barangay Esperanza was thankful their road was improved from what
used to be a trail where only single motorcycles could pass in going
to adjacent Barangay San Vicente. Now, he disclosed that all types
of vehicles can already penetrate the area making hauling of farm
products for trading fast and easier.
Chairwoman Elda Gato of
Barangay President Garcia on the other hand said that with the
improvement of the Elevado-President Garcia road, they are now
envied by other villages.
Elevado Chairman Roselito Palen shared that they find it easy now to
travel whether in going to the mountains or in going to the town
About five thousand
residents in these areas, wherein more than 900 are agrarian reform
beneficiaries (ARBs), are benefited by these projects with a
combined cost of P18.6-million shared by the national government
thru a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the local
government unit (LGU).
Thus, Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer-I Paulina Canales reminded the recipient
barangays during the simultaneous turnover of the said projects
recently to maintain the roads in good condition for a period of 10
years, otherwise the loan portion will be shouldered also by the
Director for Program Beneficiaries Development Ismael Aya-ay led the
turnover rite and announced on the same occasion other support
services DAR is providing particularly to ARB organizations (ARBOs).
In acceptance, Mayor Eric
Pajulio thanked DAR for all the assistance it has extended to his
town. He likewise encouraged the recipient barangays to allocate
funds from their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the
maintenance of the roads.
Further, Vice Mayor Ma.
Nicolina Caube suggested not to allow heavy equipment vehicles to
pass these routes during rainy days to preserve the good condition
of the roads.