PAMANA road project boosts livelihood in Sorsogon town

December 23, 2012 1:10 am 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Dec. 22 — The government’s PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peace and Resilient Communities) program continued to gain headway in improving the infrastructure and livelihood of marginalized people in the rural areas.

Directly under the supervision of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), the latest PAMANA beneficiary was Barangay San Isidro in Barcelona, Sorsogon. Its dilapidated road which was unrepaired for years is now paved.

Polly Michelle Cunanan, OPAPP spokesperson, said the village residents of San Isidro, particularly the students, can now traverse the road unimpeded, without mud during the rainy season.

Farmers transport their harvests to the market aboard tricycles at a much lower cost, unlike before when they have to spend as much as P300 for renting a tricycle. Drivers charged higher because the road was rough and muddy.

"The memories of rainy months (and muddied street)are now a thing of the past," Cunanan said.

"Marvin Rosales, now a high school student, had to take off his shoes since he was in grade 1 when he walked through the muddy road going to school," she said.

"Before, it took 30 minutes for the students to reach their school which is not far. Now it only takes 10 minutes," she enthused.

The road rehabilitation project of PAMANA has not only brought convenience to students. It has likewise improved the livelihood of residents.

San Isidro is a community where majority of residents depend on rice farming for a living. Like the other barangays in Barcelona, it delivers its products to neighboring towns.

“We are happy with the project. We can now transport our produce to the town at a lesser cost,” Cunanan quoted a resident as saying.(PNA)

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