AusAid-funded program aids rehab of provincial roads, capacitates human resource in Guimaras

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

JORDAN, Guimaras, Nov. 10 – Not only the Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF) program helped improve roads in Guimaras but it was also instrumental in capacitating the provincial government’s human resource.

The province of Guimaras is one of the seven key provincial partners of the PRMF which is being supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The five-year program has a grant of 100 million Australian dollars or equivalent to some P4.3 billion which is being divided into the partner LGUs. Likewise the LGUs were asked to raise counterpart funds for the project.

During the first year of its implementation, four road sections of provincial roads to include the Magamay-Pandaraonan – Dolores Road (Dolores section); San Miguel-Sebaste Road (Maabay-Sebaste section); Igdarapdap-Lanipe Road and the East Valencia-Gaban Road will undergo repair.

Two road projects are up for rehabilitation during the second year and another two sections in year three.

Governor Felipe Hilan Nava said that the road sections that were included in the project were selected through a scientific approach and they started with severe roads.

Moreover, the provincial government is planning to set aside funds for road maintenance in the third year of the project so that they will just tap local groups with capacity to undertake the job.

He added that the Provincial Engineering Office is being capacitated to determine how much fund is needed for the maintenance.

The status of the project was presented in Thursday’s Road Show that was held at the GTIC building of the provincial capitol.

The summit, according to Nava, was also held to raise stakeholder awareness about the project and consequently earn their support.

The gathering was attended by local officials of the province’s five municipalities; barangays officials and other stakeholders and graced by PRMF team leader Graham Johnson Jones. (PNA) LAP/ajp/PGLena/vlo

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