February 14, 2014
CALABANGA, CAM. SUR - The Department of Agriculture turned over P20M worth Farm-to- Market Road sections in the seven barangays of this town with an aggregate estimated length of 3, 137 meters. Some of these FMR projects were endorsed to the DA by the late DILG secretary Jesse M. Robredo for funding and implementation upon request of the local barangay officials in said municipality, while the others were funded through the efforts of Congresswoman Ma. Leonor “ Leni” G. Robredo , immediately upon assumption as representative of the 3rd district of Camarines Sur. It was in the latter part of CY 2013 that the projects were completed.
The recipient barangays are as follows: Punta Tarawal, 347 meters; Burabod, 354 meters, Binauanan Pequeña, 317 meters; Sitio Buri barangay Camuning, 250 meters plus an additional 741 meters; Pinada, 300 meters; Sibobo, 228 meters; Bonot-Sta. Rosa 250 meters and; Balombon 350 meters. The 7 barangays got an allocation of P2m each for their FMR projects except for Sitio Buri, Camuning which got a budget allocation of a total of P6M.
The FMRs were inaugurated and turned over in simple ceremonies on January 25th this year to the barangay captains by the Department of Agriculture represented by Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension, Dr. Elena B. de los Santos. She was accompanied by Cong. Leni. Also present during the turn-over were Municipal councilors Danilo Kampil ,Danilo Bico, and former municipal vice mayor Philip Dumalasa and barangay officials and supporters.
The FMR projects were officially turned over to the barangay chairpersons namely: Ronaldo Coner of Punta Tarawal, Roberto Cabaltera of Burabod, Rosalina Mendoza of Binauanan Pequeña, Antonio Bajar of sitio Buri of barangay Camuning, Jose Vilarde of Pinada, Edgardo Sargento of Sibobo, Elmer Tanael of Bonot- Sta. Rosa and;m Blas Najar of Balombon. t would be recalled that the late DILG chief, has proposed for a DA-DILG-LGU partnership to work together , formulate and commit to unified strategic agricultural development programs. Jesse Robredo has stressed the importance of having stakeholders’ participation and ownership of these programs. With his untimely demise, his wife Atty. Leni who shared the same values and same vision continues his legacy. She regularly visits and takes time to consult with and reach out to the various groups in her district to know first hand their needs and aspirations. These needs and concerns she then refers to the concerned agencies for appropriate action. (Emily B. Bordado)