PRDP completes first road project in Mountain Province
The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) has completed its first farm-to-market road (FMR) project in the Mountain Province.
Funded and implemented under the PRDP, the 3.19-kilometer FMR was the first infrastructure to be completed in Mountain Province.
Under the Infrastructure Development (I-BUILD) component of the PRDP, the improvement of Poblacion-Bantay FMR has a project cost of P41.07 million jointly funded by the World Bank (80 percent), the National Government through the DA (10 percent), and the provincial government (10 percent).
During the program, Provincial Engineer Edward B. Likigan narrated how the project went through PRDP’s approval process.
“This project went through a lot of consultations, countless geotagging, securing certifications from other agencies and other required documents, not to mention the stringent bidding process. It was originally proposed in 2014, approved in 2017, and completed this 2019,” said Likigan adding that it is almost five years in the making, but finally it’s completed.
DA-RFO-CAR Regional Executive Director and PRDP Project Director in CAR Cameron P. Odsey stressed how the PRDP is of great venue for the local governments to avail of infrastructure projects with large amounts.
“PRDP is a special project that has an end like any other foreign-funded Projects. However, there is an ongoing negotiation with the Philippine Government through the DA and the World Bank for additional funding for this Project so that more subprojects will be financed,” he added.