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)