June 14, 2019, Filed under Banner News



World Bank (WB) executives who visited Umingan town on June 8 received  good impression about the ongoing rehabilitation of the Gonzales – San Juan farm-to-market road.

Frauke Jungbluth, head of WB team, told the beneficiaries of the road rehab project: “It is good to hear what the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) means to you. We had the opportunity to look at the project, and to collect impression on how it is progressing, and how you were involved in the planning and ongoing construction.”

Beneficiaries of the road rehab project, mainly farmers, shared during the consultation with WB executives the experiencial proofs of the positive impact that the PRDP brought to them.

Assisting during the consultation proper were representatives from the provincial government led by Provincial Planning and Development Officer Benita Pizarro, and Board Member Noel Bince, who represented Governor Amado I. Espino III, along with the representatives from Department of Agriculture regional offices 1 and 3.

Elated over the PDRP in his town, Umingan Mayor Michael Carleone Cruz said residents of barangays situated across the road rehab project were thankful for the various advantages the PRDP gives them.

“Malaking tulong ang PRDP sa aming bayan. Napapabilis ang transportasyon at ang pagdala ng produkto sa merkado. Hindi tulad ng dati na lubak lubak, ngayon ay smooth na ang daan,” said Mayor Cruz, who thanked the WB, the Department of Agriculture, and the provincial government of Pangasinan for sharing funding for the road rehab project.

The Php119.27-million worth farm-to-market road project is funded by the World Bank (80% : Php89-million) with counterpart funding from the Department of Agriculture (10% : Php11.127-million), and the project implementing unit – provincial government (10% : Php11.127-million) with additional Php7.42-million fund.

Provincial Engineer Antonieta delos Santos said the road rehab under the PRDP which started in the last quarter of 2017 is now 60% completed, bringing positive impact to the lives of about 13,000 project beneficiaries in six Umingan villages — Gonzales, Prado, Casillan, Luna Weste, Concepcion, and San Juan.

The residents, mostly farmers, mainly rely on agriculture for sustenance and industry.

Prior to the onsite inspection, the WB team and the North Luzon cluster of the PRDP convened (on June 7) at the Monarch Hotel in Calasiao for the presentation of national and cluster updates.

/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca/Photos by CDMendoza

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