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Infra-projects create jobs in Kalinga

Tabuk City, Kalinga (28 February) -- Multi-million infrastructure projects funded from the SONA of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, regular projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), special projects of other agencies and Congress, LGU respective projects; and those from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of Congressman Manuel Agyao has generated employment for locals,

In separate reports from these offices, such projects offered employment opportunities for the unemployed labor force in Kalinga either through labor-intensive scheme or direct service contract. However, data shows that workers are hired "as the need arises" and paid the minimum daily wage including those working under the special program for the employment of students partly subsidized by the labor department.

Public employment service officers in the province are optimistic the number of employed workers will increase this year since the government has started implementing the P5.3 billion rural roads project nationwide with the Department of Agriculture as the lead agency.

Meanwhile, to implement these projects according to government standard, they are closely watched no less than the Congressman Manuel S. Agyao with his representative personally inspecting in a regular basis said projects to ensure that they are completed following plans and specifications. This is part of his commitment that government projects must be monitored and guarded against anomalies.

Agyao's latest project monitoring is his surprise visit to Pasil, Lubuagan and Tabuk last February 16 and 18. He was joined by OIC-District Engineer Leo Mustard, NIA Superintendent John Socalo, Assistant DE George Mi-ing and two field engineers of DPWH-CAR.

Agyao sees to it that heads of agencies where these projects are channeled like the DPWH, National Irrigation Administration, Department of Education are part of the inspection team to address on the spot problems encountered during the construction stage.

He also called on residents residing along road-right-of-ways (RRW) to refrain from blocking the smooth implementation of road improvements in the province. The Uma-Batong-buhay road has been delayed since individuals reportedly built houses and plant trees along RRWs for the purpose of claiming for damages. According to reports, 11 houses were built on RRW in that area. This problem remains today a bottleneck of DPWH and contractors.

Accordingly, P58 million of Agyao's P70M PDAF allotment went to fund various infrastructure projects in the different municipalities on equity basis. Projects inspected in Tabuk are the Callagdao and Pangilinan communal irrigation systems (CIS); rehabilitation/upgrading of Ileb, Nambaran, Ipil, and Nasgueban farm-to-market roads (FMR); construction/ concreting of drainage canal along Mayangao St. and Oroqueta St. in Dagupan Centro, Waterlilly St. at Casigayan; construction of Pantar bridge in Laya.

In Pasil, projects visited were concreting of Balinciagao road, CIS; and the Tiwod-Sungob CIS in Lubuagan. Component projects under SONA, which were also inspected are the Dao-Cobaet bridge and Pingao road section. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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