Officials of La Castellana in Negros Occidental broke ground for P7.4 million in access road projects in Barangay Cabacungan in the town, yesterday.
Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan said the groundbreaking signaled the start of the road opening project from Cabacungan proper to Sitio Tikoy-Tikoy worth P1.4 million, from the assistance to disadvantaged municipalities, that replaced the bottom-up budgeting.
The road project is about a kilometer and will benefit at least 200 households, she said.
Mangilimutan said vehicles cannot enter SitioTikoy-Tikoy since it has no road, and residents pass through rice field’s levees to go to their houses.
“It is so the people of Sitio Tikoy-Tikoy can access the main road especially during emergencies,” Mangilimutan said.
The repair of the P6 millionin provincial roads at the Cabacungan proper meanwhile, covers about 600 meters. The budget came from the office of Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. through the provincial development fund, Mangilimutan said.
“The provincial road, that is part of the Guimpanaan-Canlaon, will give access from Negros Oriental to Moises Padilla and Isabela in Negros Occidental,” Mangilimutan said.
Passenger vehicles and other utility vehicles from Negros Oriental going to Bacolod City may pass by the provincial road, she said.
She said the two road projects are expected to be completed in the next 90 days, or three months, including the curing period.
Aside from road accessibility, Mangilimutan said that the road projects will also boost the tourism industry of Barangay Cabacungan because it is where many tourism spots are located.
Among these tourism spots are the Caduhada Spring Resort, Baji Baji Falls, and the area where one can have a perfect view of Kanlaon Volcano, she added.*SGG
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