jubilation Thursday after Agrarian Reform Secretary Gil de los Reyes and JapaneseAmbassador Makoto Katsura inaugurated a P317-million bridge that now links atleast two isolated barangays to the town proper.
De los Reyes said the 110-linear meter bridge seeks to improve trade and commerceas well as the economic well-being of the people in barangays Bazal and Malasin astransportation of farm goods would become easier and cheaper, much unlike beforewhen farmers had to make a long detour just to bring their goods to the town properby foot.
“This bridge is a wise investment because it will greatly help reduce cost oftransportation as well as travel time in bringing agricultural outputs to tradingcenters and, at the same time, increase farmers’ income,” Delos Reyes said in a speechshortly after the inauguration also graced by Sen. Edgardo Angara, Gov. Bella Angara-Castillo and Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, among others.
De los Reyes cited the provincial government of Aurora for its contribution, throughthe counterpart equity equivalent to about 20 percent of the project’s total cost, whichmade the implementation of the project possible.
Japanese Ambassador Katsura said the bridge, funded by the Japanese Internationalfor Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure SupportProject Phase II (ARISP2), will greatly benefit surrounding communities especiallyin barangays Bazal and Malasin, which used to find themselves isolated during heavyrains.
Governor Bella Angara-Castillo echoed the same sentiment, saying that heradministration can now easily reach out to her constituents in the area, especially inbringing relief goods to them and when evacuating them to safer places during rainyseason.
She expressed thanks to the DAR for making her province a beneficiary of such a hugeproject that has a wide-ranging benefits not only in Maria Aurora town, but also inother nearby localities.
Maria Aurora Mayor Ariel Bitong, for his part, said that students will also have easiertime going to and from their school.
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