Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Batac eyes rehab of farm-to-market rods, bridges

English: Map of Ilocos Norte showing the locat...
English: Map of Ilocos Norte showing the location of Batac (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Batac City—City mayor Albert D. Chua announced the impending rehabilitation of the road connecting this city and Sarrat town.

The project forms part of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) dubbed “Rehabilitation of Billoca-San Juan Farm-To-Market Road and 8 Bridges”.

The PRDP under the Department of Agriculture aims to establish a modern, value-chain oriented and climate resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

Mr. Chua said the Batac government has allocated PHP7,036,607.00 from the city’s 2017 annual budget as i’s counterpart to augment the share of the Ilocos Norte provincial government, a requirement for f the project.

The Sangguniang Panlungsod here also earlier approved a resolution authorizing Mr. Chua, as mayor, and for and in behalf of the city government to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the provincial government for the rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads and six bridges within the city’s the territorial jurisdiction.

According to the mayor, funds for the project are foreign sources and is worth PHP170 million for infrastructure projects. He added that the DA may increase the funding up to PHP200 million as the project also includes training programs and livelihood projects for the barangays concerned.

He identified Brgys. Billoca, Baoa West, Rayuray, Camandingan, Nagbacalan, Cangrunaan and Nagirangan as main beneficiaries of the said projects.

Two of the bridges are at Brgy. San Juan in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.

The mayor hopes that the 12-kilometer farm-to-market project will start soon. He disclosed that the winning bidder for project has received the notice to proceed. The project’s groundbreaking occurred on September 8, 2017.

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