P40.5-M Road Project Drives Away The 'Ghost' Of Its Past

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dar web news 2 pix 1may 17 2013 400A ROAD leading to the Abala Agrarian Reform Community in Sapian, Capiz used to be rough and bumpy so that local residents couldn’t help but cracked a joke about the possibility of it triggering miscarriages among pregnant passengers. Thus, it earned the monicker: “The abortion road.”

Motorists traveling on that road, usually on single motorbikes, swore that it wasn’t a joyful experience, but “one hell of a drive.”

DAR provincial information officer Carlette Preta said she had heard numerous sad tales about pregnant women suffering stomach cramps after each trip, and of a few others who had suffered their worst nightmare- miscarriage.

“The road was dusty and rough during dry season. “On rainy days, it was like walking in a pool of chocolate,” Preta said.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has transformed the rough road into a well-paved one that is enough for people passing by, pregnant women included, to flash a wide grin in great appreciation to the government for “turning their dream into a concrete reality.”dar web news 2 pix 2 may 17 2013 400

DAR Secretary Gil de los Reyes said the P40.5-million farm-to-market road project has completely buried under six-inch thick of concrete slab the entire length of the 4.6-kilometer road, thus, effectively “exorcizing” it of its bad reputation.

DAR spearheaded the implementation of the road project in partnership with the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP), a foreign-assisted project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), now on its third phase of implementation.

The two-year-in-the-making road, De los Reyes said, connects Junction National Road to Barangays Agtatacay Sur and Lonoy Proper and passes through five barangays of Sapian town.

The project was initiated in 2010 when DAR submitted the indicative development plan preparation, which the JICA-ARISP validated during an ocular inspection later that year. The sub-project agreement was signed in 2011 and stages of construction commenced the following year.

On April 13, 2013, DAR Undersecretary Anthony Parungao took the honor of turning over the road to the local residents, who erupted in joy and applause that was enough to drive away the ghost of the past.