DAVAO CITY: The residents and officials of three barangay in Caraga town in Davao oriental have endorsed the proposed construction of P59-million PSCG Bridge which will facilitate faster movement of agricultural products and ease access of social services to the people.
They said that big-ticket projects such as the PSCG bridge will create a huge impact over the lives of the beneficiaries from Barangay Lamiawan, Pichon and San Antonio.
The proposed 75-meter bridge will be installed over the river in Barangay Lamiawan, expected to benefit more than 7,500 residents, including those in the nearby villages.
The villages are considered highly-agricultural lands and their mainstay crop ‘first-class’ abaca-fiber.
The project will be implemented under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) through the loan proceeds opened by the World Bank with counterpart fund from the Department of Agriculture and the provincial government.
In a stakeholders’ consultation with the provincial government held by the provincial planning office on Saturday in Caraga, local officials vowed to facilitate the entry of more developments in the area.
According to Freddie Bendulo, head of the Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU), the bridge project is anchored on the Provincial Government’s Development Agenda that aims to Defeat Poverty and Improve Infrastructure, Utilities and Services. It is one project that has been strongly endorsed by Gov Corazon Malanyaon.
Bendulo noted that the progression of the project proposal took several years due to a series of ‘uncontrollable’ obstacles that hampered its implementation, including the transition of the PRDP from Mindanao Rural Development Program.
He said the proposal has undergone several revisions, redesigning and rigid review following the new guidelines and policies of the PRDP, that includes the incorporation of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation concerns.