The fourth road rehabilitation project under the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) was launched in Mina, Iloilo on Friday, November 3, 2017.
Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., Mina Mayor Rey Grabato, Pototan Mayor Tomas Peñaflorida, DILG provincial director Teodora Sumagaysay and Provincial Administrator Raul Banias led the groundbreaking ceremony for the concreting of the 8.3-kilometer Talibong-Yugot-Nabitasan-Naslo road held in front of Mina National High School in Brgy. Bangac.
DILG gave Iloilo province a grant of P413 million this year for the CMGP. Iloilo province availed of the grant because it has consistently obtained the Seal of Good Local Governance and it has complied with the requirements set by the agency.
Three other road rehabilition projects under CMGP are being implemented in Calinog (12.4 km), Batad (2.5 km) and Carles (5.9 km).
Assistant Provincial Engineer Romeo Andig said the project has a standard width of 6.1 meters and thickness of 10 inches and will be complemented with drainage and slope protection, road signs and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings.
Since the road connects the town of Mina to its neighbor Pototan, Gov. Defensor cited the importance of the project to the people of the two municipalities. “This will not only provide ease of travel but will eventually spur development to the municipalities of Mina and Pototan,” he said.
Mina was once an “arrabal” of Pototan until its creation as an independent town on November 11, 1969 where Defensor was elected as its first municipal mayor at the age of 25.
Mayor Grabato thanked Gov. Defensor for all its help and support for the growth and development of Mina. “Thank you for bringing numerous significant projects to your hometown, we your kasimanwa are truly indebted to you,” Grabato said.
Gov. Defensor also cited the significant help of DILG and other agencies in the rehabilitation of provincial roads.
He said with over 600 kilometers of provincial roads, the provincial government alone could not afford to have it all rehabilitated. “We express our heartfelt gratitude to the different agencies that are helping us in our quest to improve our provincial roads,” Defensor said.
He noted that the road rehabilitation projects would greatly help the people especially in the hinterlands as it would make their travel convenient and would improve the transport of goods and agricultural products to the town centers.
Defensor said more provincial roads are lined up for rehabilitation next year also under the CMGP and the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) of the Department of Agriculture and World Bank.