BACOLOD CITY: About P200-million worth of projects were approved for Negros Occidental under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), which used the US $670 million loan from the World Bank (WB).
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the local government units which are identified as beneficiaries of the projects will have to allocate a 10-percent counterpart fund for them to avail of the WB funds.
Larry Nacionales, Department of Agriculture West Visayas regional executive director, said the approved projects for Negros Occidental include the rehabilitation of Barangay Caduhaan-Sitio Aluyan farm-to-market road in Cadiz City and the rehabilitation of Sitio Magtuod-Sitio Vergara road in Toboso town. The projects are estimated to cost P143 million and P47 million respectively.
Also identified as viable projects are the rehabilitation of a fishing equipment for the Blue Swimming Crab Enterprise in Barangay Tortosa, Manapla town; the fish coral rehabilitation and fish trading support facility in Barangay Rizal, Escalante City; and the Negros Muscovado Processing and Marketing Support Enterprise.
Arnel de Mesa, PRDP deputy project director, said that Negros Occidental is the pilot province for the projects.