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By: Mylen Manto | Published Friday, June 19, 2020
The ongoing Gunting-Balao road concreting project in Barili town, southern Cebu is set to be completed by next month. (Junjie Mendoza)

Small-scale traders can heave a sigh of relief as the P35.9 million Gunting-Balao road concreting project in Barili, Cebu is now 70 percent complete and expected to be done next month.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, who inspected the project along with Capitol officials on Thursday, June 18, shared that residents of Barangay Gunting expressed their gratitude for the road project that is of great help to them.

Gunting village chief Agriculo Cereneo said with the road development, traders from his barangay, Kandampas, Pangpang, Balao, Tubod, Mantayupan and Luhod will have an easy access to the public markets of the town and in Barangay Mantalongon where they sell their products.

Engr. Jerome Cala of First Grandeur Building said the project started in December 2019 and was set to be completed by April 2020. However, this was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Among mga tawo from other provinces wala katabok og tungod sad sa Covid-19,” he said. 

Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora said after the Phase 1 will be completed, the Phase 2 will start with a 1.091-kilometer stretch worth about P13 million, which is now up for bidding. 

“Since provincial road ni siya ang gilapdon is 5 meters, unya ang thickness kay 23 centimeters,” he said.

Jamora said there are three incoming road concreting projects in Barili which are the Dakit-Cagay with 1.5 kilometer, Mantalongon Circumferential Road inside its public market with 270 meters, and Mantayupan-Luhod with 800 meters.

Those who attended the governor’s event in Barili were Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia, Barili Mayor Marlon Garcia, Barili Vice Mayor Julie Flores, and 3rd District Board Member Atty. John Ismael “Jimbo” Borgonia. (Mylen Manto)