The implementation of almost P65-million farm-to-market road (FMR)of the Department of Agriculture’sPhilippine Rural Development Project(DA-PRDP) in Gingoog City is one fulfillment of the city government’s Peace Road Program.
The5.56 kilometer (km) San Miguel-Kalagonoy FMRis funded under PRDP’sIntensified Building Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development (I-BUILD) component.
During the groundbreaking ceremony on August 10, 2017, Gingoog City Mayor Stella Marie L. Guingon said she formulated the Peace Road Program when she assumed City Mayor, after thetragicand painful incident that happened in the area where her mother, the former Mayor Ruthie L. Guingona was ambushed by the so-called discontented groups who thought the government has done nothing for them.
“When I sit down as mayor of Gingoog City I formulated the Peace Road Program which is also the long-dream of the people in the rural barangays of Gingoog City,…and now this is happening, we are inaugurating the groundbreaking of five concrete FMRs.” Mayor Guingonaannounced.
Along, with the FMR of PRDP, LGU Gingoog also implements two other road projects from DA worth P10.6M each, and two from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with a total cost of more than P60M.
Amidst obstacles in achieving their dreamed roads, the incessant Guingona promised to continue until all the roads in the City of Gingoog are concreted. “As long as we dream, and collectively strive to achieve it, nothing can stop us until we reach the time that all roads in Gingoog City will be concrete.”
For his part, DA-RFO 10 OIC-Regional Director Carlene C. Collado urged the contractor to speed up implementation of the FMR consideringthe fund is already thereand the 15% mobilization fundis now available at the Program Support Office, Davao City waiting for pick-up by the contractor.
“Having the money, we request the contractor to speed up implementation of the project, and I also ask the support from the LGU Gingoog and the barangay people to closely monitor the implementation process as we don’t allow this to be terminated if not properly implemented,” Collado emphasized.
He reminded them the policy in I-BUILD Operations Manualthat more than 15% negative slippage is candidate for termination and if this happens, the total amount released from PRDP shall be fully refunded by the LGU.
Dir. Collado also implied that Gingoog City should perform well, considering they got almost 25% out of the P738M current I-BUILD portfolio forMisamis Oriental.
As to the two FMRs in barangay Binakalan to San Miguel worth P10.6 million each from the DA’s regular fund, Collado said the 50% was already downloaded to the LGU Gingoog last year. He added that succeeding releases for this projects is 40%, 10%.
“Aside from FMRs, the DA has more programs to implement such as rice, corn, high value crops, livestock, and organic program which you can avail to increase your productivity and income,” Collado said.
Meanwhile, Mayor Guingona said that along with the construction of FMRs, they are also giving farm inputs to the farmers to boost their production and harvest.
Finally, Guingona thanked the DA, DPWH, and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process for helping them in bringing the government more-closer to the people in Gingoog City.
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