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Road, infra projects inaugurated in Barili
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Friday, November 13, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia and Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia led the inauguration and groundbreaking ceremonies of different road and other infrastructure projects in Barili town. (Junjie Mendoza)

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia vowed to have more road sections completed to provide “only the best in the aspect of accessibility for the constituents of the Province of Cebu.”

She aims to focus on improving the provincial and barangay roads in the Province as ease of accessibility is one of the driving force of economic development.

“Mao na nga naningkamot ko nga unahon ko gyud ning da’n kay ang da’n gamiton sa tanan. Unya mao say makapabukas nga mapun-an ang paglambo sa ekonomiya. Accessibility. Madali sa pag-adto,” she said.

Resolute in her commitment to include more barangay roads, she led another round of opening and groundbreaking of road projects Thursday, November 12, in Barili town together with Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia.

The groundbreaking began with the P2.6-million circumferential road section at the public market of Barangay Mantalongon, an economic enterprise hub in the said town.

The top officials then proceeded to inaugurate the concreting of Gunting-Balao Road Section worth P35.9 million and the groundbreaking of Phase 2 of Gunting-Balao Road worth P12.6 million.

They also inaugurated a farm-to-market road in Sitio Kabitohan, Barangay Pancil. The 486-meter road worth P4.7 million was funded by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

Wider roads

Governor Garcia said the Capitol aims for the Province’s roads to be concreted and widened from five meters to six. This, however, can be done with the cooperation and approval of landowners.

“Mao nang mohangyo ko sa mga tag-iya og structures og kooperasyon kay mas maayo man gyud nang lapad ang dalan sa inyong nataran, sa inyong tugkaran. So I hope nga ma-achieve kana kay aron lapad ang dalan kay aron ma-achieve nato only the best, should only be the best for Mantalongon circumferential market” she said, adding that this was a dream of the late Mayor Marlon Garcia. 

“Mao ni ni atong standard – lapad ug baga. Makaingon nga didto sa probinsya sa Sugbu, only the best alang sa mga Sugbuanon. Ang nakanindot pa gyud kay kuyog nako si Deputy Speaker Pablo John, daghan pang mabubo alang dinhi sa Barili,” she underscored.

“Tagai lang mi ninyo og panahon kay usa pa baya ko ka tuig nahibalik. Taman sa ginhawa, bisan pa’g nagpandemya, wala gyud na nato undanga ang pagpatrabaho. Gamay lang pasensiya palihug lang kay bisan og naglisud ang atong mga kontraktor pagpaabot sa mga materyales tungod sa lockdown, wala baya gyud ni nato undanga,” the governor said in her speech.

Governor Garcia also inspected a road concreting project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Barangay Giloctog which follows the new national standard for provincial roads.

DPWH 3rd District Engineering Office Chief Daisy Toledo said that the newly concreted road is 6.7 meters wide and 12 inches thick. This connects coastal barangays Japitan, Candugay, Giloctog and Hilasgasan to adjacent town of Aloguinsan via upland Barangay Vito to Kantabogon and Bojo in Aloguinsan.

The governor challenged the Provincial Engineering Office, led by Engr. Hector Jamora, to make certain adjustments in future road projects since the current standards is 6.1 meters in width and 9-10 inches in thickness.

More infra projects

Governor Garcia and Deputy Speaker Garcia also inaugurated in Barangay Mantalongon a building complex with seven buildings worth P18.8 million from Governor Garcia’s congressional funds when she was still the representative of the third district of Cebu.

The complex holds the offices of the Philippine National Police, a sub-station of the Bureau of Fire Protection, a cafeteria, an administrative building, and a holding pen for carabaos, among others, 

As for the proposed livestock integrated market in the barangay, Governor Garcia disclosed that the funds for this was long promised by the DA.

Since she was a congresswoman until now that she has returned as governor, the project remains to be done, she added.

“Kay dugay na kaayo ni nga saad nila. Misaad na ni sila og P40 milyones. Nagduha ka termino na lang ko, saad lang gihapon, na-gobernador na lang ko, saad lang gihapon. Mao na’y sulti ang pabuhaton, ‘bi daw atong i-challenge ang Department of Agriculture nga buhat kaha maoy pasultihon labi na kay naa si Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia nga mao puhon mo-follow up,” she called out.

Deputy Speaker Garcia assured the residents that with efforts of the Garcias, the livestock market in Mantalongon will be esteemed as the “best in the Central Visayas Region.”

In Barangay Pancil, an inauguration of a multipurpose building, sourced from funds when Governor Garcia was still congresswoman, took place.

“Ato gyud ning himuong standard design sa atong mga covered courts sa Probinsya sa Sugbu, dunay louvres ug bleachers,” the governor said.

Louvres are window blinds or shutters with horizontal slats that are angled to admit light and air while keeping rain and direct sunshine out. Bleachers are benches or tiered seats usually seen in sports arenas or typical outdoor stands.

Deputy Speaker Garcia also vowed to residents of Barangay Budbud, which the Gunting-Balao Road passes through, that they will also have their covered court in time.

“Samtang naa pa mi sa pwesto, isaad namo nga atimanon gyud ni namo,” Deputy Speaker Garcia said.

Another building inaugurated is the P8.4-million Barili Infirmary funded by the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) of the Department of Health. 

The HFEP focuses on upgrading health facilities and providing training to health professionals to improve the access of people to quality health care.

Third District Provincial Board Member John Ismael “Jimbo” Borgonia committed to work doubly hard to support the priority projects of the governor on accessibility.

“Swerte gyud ang Barili. Salamat sa inyong gibubo nga proyekto gikan sa Kongreso ug gikan sa Probinsya. Sarang na lang nga ang mga sakyanan makasud sa atong circumferential road sa Mantalongon market ug sa atong barangay roads,” Barili Mayor Julieto Flores expressed.

Also present in the event were Barili Vice Mayor Luisito Ponsica, members of the Sangguniang Bayan, Association of Barangay Captains president Elma Bargamento, barangay chairmen, councilmen, barangay health workers, barangay tanods, and supporters. (Eleanor Valeros)