The rain has not stopped 76-year-old Erlinda Cabungag from witnessing the groundbreaking of a new road project outside her home on Wednesday, February 10.
Cabungag, a resident of Sitio Private, Mantalongon, Dalaguete, watched in glee as Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led the groundbreaking of the Mantalongon-Villacaridad road concreting project.
“Mapasalamaton kaayo ko sa kani nga programa ni Gov. Nindot gyud kong matuloy gyud, ma-ayo na unya ang pag-agi sa dan, magbaklay-baklay. Pero klaro man ni (kay) si Ma’am Gwen baya,” she said.
She added that she cannot let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of getting a glimpse of the governor pass. She sees the governor as untiring and strong-willed in leading the Province to be more self-sustaining.
The Mantalongon-Villacaridad road project spans 347 meters with a project cost of P4,722,266.01. It is set to be completed in less than two months.
Aside from this, Garcia also led the groundbreaking of the Cawayan-Malones road section costing P29,852,831.41 and Balaas-Manlapay road amounting to P34,945,013.67, all in Dalaguete town.
The 2.64-kilometer Cawayan-Malones road and the 2.7-kilometer Balaas-Manlapay road will be completed in about five months.
Garcia disclosed that the Provincial Government has not stopped implementing its projects for the Cebuanos, including the road improvement projects, despite the pandemic.
“Nahibaw mo wala gyud ta mu-undang niining atong pagpaayo og pag-konkreto sa mga kadalanan bisan pa adtong milabay’ng tuig nga hadlok tang tanan sa Covid,” she said.
She emphasized that road concreting projects are in line with the Province's Enhanced Countryside Development (ECD) program, as proper and improved roads are one of the factors that will open up economic activities in the barangays.
“Apan kung bati atong dan paingon diri, dili gyud na makapabukas og economic activity or kalihukan. Dili makapa-arang-arang sa kinabuhi sa kadaghanan. Ug mao na padayon ang atong mga dalan, patubig ug uban pa nga makapa-arang-arang sa kinabuhi sa atong mga kaigsuonan nga Sugbuanon,” the governor added.
Garcia also led the blessing and inauguration of Caliongan Vegetable Trading Center from the Department of Agriculture and a Vegetable Trading Post which is a project under the administration of former governor and now Vice Governor Hilario Davide III.
Esmeralda Borla, 40-year-old farmer and trader of Sitio Caban-as, Caliongan, said the trading center and post will be beneficial to the residents of Caliongan because they will no longer go to Mantalongon to sell their produce.
Garcia committed to Caliongan residents a barangay hall will be put up in their area.
Aside from the road and infrastructure projects, Dalaguete town also received two checks from the Capitol on Wednesday worth a total of P4 million.
Dalaguete Mayor Jeffrey Belciña and the rest of the town officials and residents expressed their gratitude to the governor.
Together with the governor in the event were Dalaguete Vice Mayor William Lagahid, 2nd District Board Members Edsel Galeos and Jose Mari Salvador, 6th District Board Member Glenn Anthony Soco, 7th District Board Member Jerome Librando, and all town mayors of the second district. (Mylen Manto)