PRDP to Implement 19 km FMR Project in Liloan, Southern Leyte

Created on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 Published Date

“It is not just for the present, but also for the future generation,” DA-RFO VIII Regional Executive Director Leo P. Cañeda shared this observation during the recent Consultation Meeting with Project Affected Persons (PAPs) re: PRDP Rehabilitation and Improvement of Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) connecting Brgy. San Roque to Brgy. Bahay in Liloan, Southern Leyte on Monday, January 11, 2016.

This P 232 Million-worth of road renovation project under the Philippine rural Development Project (PRDP) spanned 11 barangays on the stretch of about 19.4 km, with roughly 12 thousand beneficiaries (almost half of the voters’ population in Liloan).

“We are grateful because the province of Southern Leyte, among the six provinces in the region, has the greatest amount of project allocation under the PRDP; and this soon to be implemented FMR in Liloan is the biggest FMR project in terms of allocation,” RED Cañeda disclosed.

In the said consultation, the beneficiaries, especially those to be adversely affected by the rehabilitation and expansion of FMR were given the opportunity to raise or file their claims and at the same time, the DA-PRDP Team said that they will be paid monetary compensation for loss of their properties due to the implementation of this project. Usually, the amount given compensates for the house structure and home-grown crops to be affected during the rehab and improvement work.

After the consultation, the DA-PRDP Team, spearheaded by RED Cañeda and Deputy Project Director (DPD) Jenny Lynn Almeria, together with the Local Government Officials, traversed the entire stretch of the project site to personally see its actual condition. As the team drove thru the site, Director Cañeda and DPD Almeria saw the place’s tourism potential with abundant natural resources consisting of pristine waters and unscathed forest lands. Another most important benefit of this FMR according to the two DA Officials, is the convenience of travelling from the far-flung barangays to the town proper to market their produce.

Mayor Shirlita Y. Cong of Liloan, during their brief meeting with the DA-PRDP team, added that said project could not only benefit the livelihood of the residents, but also promotes and enhances the children’s welfare and education, considering the long distance they have to take before reaching the school.

Director Cañeda said that all the concerned parties should work together to successfully implement this FMR, because after all, this project is not for us, but for the benefit of all the people in this part of the region. (KEVIN G. BIOL, Administrative Aide IV, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, Chief, RAFID)

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