“This road is built according to its standards. But if we leave this one unattended and not give importance, definitely this can be easily damaged.”

Department of Agriculture IX Director Constancio G. Alama, stressed in his message in last week’s inauguration and turnover of 6.96 kilometer concreted farm-to-market road connecting barangays Magsaysay, Villagracia down to Bagong Silang in Siay town, Zamboanga Sibugay province.

 

Alama who is the Regional Project Director for the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) for Zamboanga Peninsula elaborated: “one particular concern to be looked into is, its carrying capacity. If you allow heavy trucks to pass through it, over its carrying capacity, definitely it will be destroyed.”

The concreted FMR is only 6 inches thick and is expected to last for at least 20 years, provided that it is maintained properly and not abused by the users, the director said. This road is in support to rubber commodity traversing rubber vegetated areas in Siay through DA’s PRDP.

Alama’s message was for the local government officials of Siay especially to some 1,351 residents who directly benefit from the concreted road for them to take care of. “This is the realization of the concerted efforts of your officials and your support as well,” he emphasized.

In response to Director Alama’s challenge, incumbent mayor Jarvis Acosta declared to pass a Municipal Ordinance regulating trucks passing through this road to a maximum weight of 6 tons only. Likewise, Mayor Acosta told the three barangay chairmen: “it is now our obligation to maintain this road as we already accepted this project.”

The young mayor gave credit to his father, Julius, who was the mayor when this road was proposed to DA for funding from PRDP. This road was actually, an excess demand of MRDP. The same accolades he gave to the late Magsaysay barangay chairman Alejandro C. Doremon who worked hard for this realization but died of kidney failure while the FMR implementation was halfway completed.

Barangay Chairmen Ricardo F. Maghilom, Jr. (Bagong Silang), Alejo S. Regidor (Villagracia) and Roderick A. Bayno (Magsaysay) expressed gratefulness to MLGU Siay and DA for funding this project. As they now have good road, Captain Bayno said they are now working on the electrification of their barangay.

On the other hand, even before completion of the road concreting, one Cleto Daquipil who left barangay Magsaysay since 1995, has decided to reside back here because he intends to cultivate their land which he left idle for 22 years.

“Our life here then was so difficult because there was no road yet. The school had four rooms though but with only two teachers. On top of it, bringing in our food and our other daily needs were so difficult much like in transporting farm inputs,” Cleto recalled. (Remai S. Alejado/DA9)

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