Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas said the improvement project implemented by the Provincial Government along Daclan-Camaggaan-Tikey-Bonagan Provincial Road in Bokod, Benguet has recently been completed.
Five million pesos has been allocated for the project to improve the remaining 825-section of the said provincial road which was not yet paved, the governor added stating the project was implemented in response to the needs of the community.
The whole stretch of the provincial road is now at least one lane concreted.
The project will benefit over 200 individuals in barangay Tikey according to Punong Barangay Harold D. Gurinto, to include students and farmers.
“When the road was not yet paved, residents would carry their loads or spend more money to hire a motorcycle as tricycle drivers would only take passengers until where the unpaved road begins,” the barangay chairperson added, pointing to the poor road condition as the reason.
Gurinto also said residents will now have faster and more comfortable access especially in times of emergency. Farmers especially those with heavy loads will also benefit from the project since they prefer the said road to the Bonagan route which has a steep portion, for their safety, he added.
Other concerns were discussed with the barangay chairperson during the inspection of the project on August 9 spearheaded by the Provincial Project Monitoring Committee and the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) for appropriate action.
The road is expected to be open by third week of August according to the PEO. Among the HEALTHIER Benguet development thrust of Governor Diclas is the development of road networks to provide easy access to livelihood opportunities, education, health, and other social services. By SAP Jr.