P264M Budget For 28km FMR
The 28-kilometer farm-to-market road project approved for P264, 013, 219.00 funding by the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) in Passi City is aimed to benefit people in Central Panay which is linked to towns of the fourth district of Iloilo and to the province of Capiz.
After the World Bank (WB) approved the “No Objection Letter” on June 8, 2015, the DA-PRDP signaled the start of the rehabilitation of the Imbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua Agahon-Agtabo farm-to-market road. It will directly cover the barangays of Imbang Grande, Salngan, Alimono, Tagubong, Gemumua Agahon, Dalicanan, and the barangays of Magdungao and Talonganon as part of the total Road Influence Area of 12, 635.49 hectares.
As to date, the said FMR is the biggest infrastructure development project under PRDP which was approved in the Visayas Cluster.
The said FMR project in Passi City will have concrete pavement with 5 meters wide and 9 inches thick (230mm). The project’s allocation will come from 80 percent WB loan, 10 percent from the DA-PRDP and 10 percent equity from the local government of Iloilo and Passi City.
On June 21, the DA-PRDP held a groundbreaking ceremony at Brgy. Imbang Grande, Passi City for the official laying of time capsule led and witnessed by representatives from the WB team, PRDP National Project Coordinating Office, Project Support Office (PSO)-Visayas, Regional Project Coordinating Office-Region 6, DA Regional Field Office 6, Iloilo provincial government and city government of Passi.
Engr. Roy M. Abaya, the PRDP-PSO Visayas Cluster Project Director and the DA 6 OIC Regional Executive Director, said that the Passi City FMR project which was proposed under the Infrastructure Development (I-BUILD) component of PRDP will support mainly the production and marketing of the primary commodities of the city such as swine, rice, sugarcane, and corn. /MP