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Catigbian gets P5.9M road rehab help from ARCDP2

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (1 September) -- POLITICAL noise raised across the country did not cause a stir here as Catigbian announces the pre-construction conference for a P12,115,777 barangay road rehabilitation.

The 5-meter all weather road project would afford comfortable rural access to barangays Liboron, Triple Union and Baang. It also graphically shows the trademark cooperation and convergence; a byword for Bohol development planners.

Here, the road has the government agencies and local governments helping in owning part of the project.

Mayor Roberto Salinas said he was just as excited because the multi-million 5.128 kilometer road, literally "started with [just a stroke of] a pen and has now materialized."

The biggest news is the resulting development the road could usher, Salinas said, as he envisioned increase in household incomes for the residents of benefiting barangays.

A P5.9M commitment of the 2nd Agrarian Reform Communities Development Project (ARCDP2) also pushed Catigbian leaders under Salinas to think differently. They said a little equity wouldn't hurt if the over-all intention is to breed enterprise and productivity and to allow the people access to poverty alleviation, peace building and law and order measures.

It may be recalled that Liboron once saw the death of a top ranking Communist Party of the Philippines New People's Army spokesperson during a military encounter. The barangay used to be identified as insurgency-threatened, a fact that could be pointed to its inaccessibility to government services.

Since the assumption of a new leadership and the help from the local officials and the community, Catigbian, then straddled with poverty, has projected an image of economic growth in the past three years, observers noted.

Making do with the little the town has, Salinas stressed that "Life is what we make it," apparently urging the people to make do with what is available to attain stability.

The 5.9M ARCDP2 funded project with a P1.2M local counterpart and another P4.5M barangay equity for a decade of maintenance and operation forms part of the P70M ARCDP2 projects for Catigbian, says Information Officer Ardissa Estavilla.

The project, which would be started this month of September, Estavilla said, would be just as ready by early next year, after about 120 days of construction and grade works.

At the pre-construction conference, ARCDP2 Raoul Azanza and Engr. Leonard Cagampang joined municipal engineer Russel Lungay in presenting the plans and scope of the project to local officials and residents. (PIA) [top]

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