AGUINALDO, Ifugao – The municipal government of officially broke ground on its new PhP246.31 million farm-to-market road (FMR) rehabilitation project at a ceremony held on October 27, 2022, at Potagon, Ubao, Aguinaldo, Ifugao.
The 8.397-kilometer improvement of Ubao-Manaot FMR, which covers barangays Ubao and Monggayang, is expected to benefit around 446 households within its influence area. It is the first subproject of the Municipality of Aguinaldo under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).
The groundbreaking ceremony was led by Ifugao Congressman Atty. Solomon R. Chungalao, Aguinaldo Mayor Gaspar B. Chilagan Jr., DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey, and 3W Builders, Inc. representative Ramon Blackera. Subproject beneficiaries, DA-CAR staff, and several local government officials and heads of offices from the provincial and municipal local governments of Ifugao were also present to witness the event.
During the program, Chungalao advised everyone involved especially the contractor, the MLGU and the beneficiaries, to help each other and do their best in the implementation of the road project so that it will be completed in quality.
Chilagan also expressed that the FMR subproject is a historic project because of the sacrifices, efforts, and cooperation that were rooted in pursuit of it.
“This is the biggest project from the national government that was given to this municipality through the DA-PRDP, and your full support is needed in this pursuit,” said the mayor, adding that the FMR project will propel their municipality to progress.
Meanwhile, Odsey commended the collective support given by all leaders, officials, and the community towards the approval and implementation of the FMR subproject.
“From start to finish, the community, officials, contractor, and the DA will help each other to watch over this project so it will be completed in good quality which will soon contribute not only to the development of the agriculture industry but the locality as a whole,” the director said.
Once the FMR is approved, it will not only benefit commuters from the influence area but will also serve as an alternate route to and from the nearby municipalities, including Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and Paracelis, Mountain Province. Aside from addressing basic problems on accessibility thus reducing post-harvest losses and travel time, it is also seen to boost cardava banana production especially within the road’s influence area. By Elvy T. Estacio with notes from Jessa Bimmoy