ILOILO CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA6) - - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) – Iloilo turned over on Thursday two infrastructure projects worth P26,828,101 to the local government of Dingle.
The two projects are the 5.964 kms. Talangago-Sitio Sibucao Farm to Market Road with a total cost of P20,983,357 and the Abangay Pump Communal Irrigation Project amounting to P5,844,744.These are implemented in the ABISPA Agrarian Reform Community covering the Barangays of Abangay, Sinibaan and Pandan under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project III of DAR duly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Sylvia Mallari, Chief of Staff of Secretary Rafael Mariano and Kumiko Ogawa, Representative of JICA led the turn-over ceremony and blessing of the projects. Congressman Ferjenil Biron, Mayor Jessie Alecto, Usec. Herman Ongkiko and other DAR officials, barangay officials, irrigators and farmer beneficiaries attended the event.
In her message, Mallari reminded concerned municipal and barangay officials and beneficiaries of what the signing of project acceptance between them and the DAR symbolizes.
“Nagsisimula pa lang ang ating trabaho, masaya ang pirmahan pero mabigat ang sinisimbolo nang ating pirmahan, ang ibig sabihin niyan, nagpipirmahan tayo para sa ating tuloy-tuloy na tulungan, sa ating tuloy-tuloy na pagsasabi na tayo ay accountable at liable sa anumang mangyayari dito sa ating mga proyekto sa diwa ng sustainable agricultural development,” said Mallari.
Ogawa also told concerned LGUs and ABISPA agrarian reform beneficiaries to ensure the maintenance of the project so that all of them will continue to benefit from it.
Alecto assured that the projects will be maintained and sustained knowing that farmers in the area will have better lives and easy access to the basic needs in his acceptance message.
“We know that these projects answer the dreams of our farmers and will ensure the safety of their children in going to school,” said Alecto.
Punong Barangay Niel Daraug of Brgy. Pandan said the road project is highly appreciated. He showed to guests the difference between the picture of the old muddy road as compared to the completed and concreted one.
“You really changed our lives not only for the moment but for more than a lifetime,” said Daraug.
Lerma Buenavidez, President of the Abangay Irrigators Association, gave her assurance that they will take care of the communal irrigation project and use it properly for the improvement of their productivity.
Ongkiko said ARISP is a good manifestation of what collaboration can do to all development – collaboration of the municipal and provincial government, legislature and national government through DAR, NIA and DPWH and international government like JICA.
Currently, ARISP covers 54 provinces in the country including Iloilo and in 136 municipalities including Dingle. (JCM/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)