The access road rehabilitation subproject of the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) in San Miguel, Bohol is finally here.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held in Barangay Caluasan, San Miguel, Bohol – the site of the project – on August 17, 2018 before an upbeat throng of local residents and officials of local government units and DENR provincial field office.
Leading the ceremonial turning of the turf was San Miguel Mayor Nunila Pinat. Other officials joining her were Forester Norlito Sarmiento, head of INREMP’s Monitoring and Evaluation Unit; Ambrocio Wenceslao, focal person of INREMP in Region VII; Atty. Eusalem Quiwag, OIC-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Bohol; Isabelito Tungco from the office of the governor; Donglee Camacho from the office of the 2nd District Congressman Erico Aristotle Aumentado; and Rogelio Tiedra, chairperson of Barangay Caluasan Rural Developers Association (BCRDA).
Mayor Pinat, who is also an environment advocate, expressed her gratitude and emphasized the importance of the project.
She averred, “It will not only provide barangay residents a convenient transportation but also enhance resilience of the road against hazards such as flash floods.”
The rehabilitation of the access road, which traverses the sitios of Santo Rosario in Barangay Kagawasan and Purok 7 in Barangay Caluasan, was proposed by Barangay Caluasan Rural Developers Association (BCRDA) for funding under the Rural Infrastructure Component of INREMP. It is scheduled to be completed within 180 calendar days.
Carrying a price tag of PhP 23.32 M, the 3.8-km access road is projected to benefit at least 102 households in Barangay Kagawasan and surrounding areas in terms of reduction in fare, travel time, and cost of transporting agricultural produce, and safety from road accidents.
Said Rogelio Tiedra, “Kining karsada gihimo aron pagsuporta sa atong agroforestry nga adunay 57 ka mga ektarya dinhi sa Barangay Caluasan. Makahatag usab kini og kahapsay ug kasayon sa pamatigayon sa mga produkto sa umahan.” (“This farm-to-market road is built primarily to support our 57-hectare agroforestry here in Barangay Caluasan. It will facilitate trade of our agricultural products.”).
Turning to his fellow access road would-be users, he added, “Sa tanan nga moagi dinhing dapita, ato kining alimahon ug mintinahon.” (“We will maintain and take care of this facility.”). (INREMP/ Irish Viola P. Santa Ana)