THE DAYS of river crossing will soon be gone. This was a sigh of relief from residents and farmer beneficiaries of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in barangay San Isidro located at San Andres town in Catanduanes.
Last February 18, 2014, the groundbreaking rites signaled the start of implementing the farm to market road project in San Isidro. The activity was held at barangay San Isidro, San Andres, Catanduanes and was led by Cong. Cesar V. Sarmiento (represented by Mr. Bert Gualberto), Mayor Peter C. Cua, RD Luis B. Bueno Jr., ARDO Rodrigo O. Realubit, PARPO-II Alexander T. Teves, DPWH Engineer Elsie Gianan, and DAR Engineer Anselmo Vargas Jr. Other key DARRO and DARPO officials and personnel led by CARPO NIda Santiago and CARPO Nerisa Aldea, including DARMO-San Andres staff were also present during the affair.
The project, mainly involving rehabilitation and improvement, with partly 2.8 km concreting works of the farm to market road connecting barangay Mayngaway- Sitio Calomagon and Barangay San Isidro in San Andres town, spans 4.4 km with a contract cost of P16 million. It is expected to be completed within 150 calendar days. The road is said to be a big relief for San Isidro residents, most of whom are farmers and CARP beneficiaries, in no longer trying to cross more than 10 river connections that pose hazard especially during rainy days, where swelling of these rivers would most likely be dangerous.
RD Luis Bueno, during the ceremonies, while thanking the local government, the DAR-Catanduanes management, and the DPWH, reminded those present that the project is being funded by Japanese government under the ARISP-III program, an official development assistance coursed through the DAR but collaboratively implemented with the LGUs, and the DPWH. “Let’s take good care of this project, everyone including the barangay LGUs should actively participate to make this project implemented effectively,” RD Bueno said, as he thanked Mayor Cua for supporting and accepting the project. He was joined by ARDO Rod Realubit, and Mr, Bert Gualberto who represented Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento, in exhorting everyone to become involved with the project. “With this road project, you will reap more benefits especially the students due to improved and shorter travel time, and cheaper hauling cost of your abaca produce,” RD Bueno added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Cua expressed appreciations to the DAR with this road project and told San Isidro residents that soon after its completion, his office would sponsor free vehicle ride to and from the area everyday to assuage more hardships especially to students in trying to make up for their time in coming to school.
PARPO Alexander Teves recalled his chance encounter with high school students from San Isidro that the project would go a long way in making their studies safer and more affordable with the entry of this road project in their area. He said that the students themselves confided to him their daily ordeal of crossing the rivers and trying to risk lives during flooding just to go to school located some 4.2 kilometers away from the next barangay of Mayngaway where the school is located. He added that the benefits of education would be deprived to more aspiring students if the road problem persists in the area. “That is why, this farm to market road is indeed noteworthy, a hi-impact at that which promises lifetime legacy of better lives for the constituents of this barangay because of access to education and thus, better future,” PARPO Teves said.