Issue of October 7, 2018
Mt. Province

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5 FMR projects get green light
by Janice B. Agrifino

Five projects under the rural infrastructure subprojects of the Scaling Up of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project in Pongayan, Kapangan, Benguet may now be constructed after a ceremonial ground breaking and pre-construction conference in the barangay on Sept. 27.

The projects, which were identified by the community as their priority needs during the community consultations, have a total budget cost of P20,222,222.22.

These are the improvement along Central-Pongayan-Gaswiling farm to market road; improvement/concreting along Pasil-Pongayan FMR; improvement/concreting along Pongayan-Betwag FMR; improvement along Kabatuan-Padang-central footpath with handrails cum footbridges; and improvement along Pongayan-Baguengey-central/ footpath with handrails cum footbridge.

Ninety percent of the amount came from Charmp2, 10 percent from the local government unit, and 10 percent from the provincial government.

The projects will ease and lessen travel time for transport of goods to the markets, the community said.

During the pre-construction conference, details of the program of work were discussed with the community. Issues and concerns were also presented by concerned individuals for immediate action to avoid delaying the project completion.

Among the concerns is the availability of water, laborers, and limited time for completion.

Municipal Engineer George Camhit requested the barangay to look for other water sources that the contractors can tap during mixing of construction materials.

Arch. Fermin Balangcod of Balangcod Construction said one critical point during the actual construction is the muddy road. He appealed to the community to allow his team to build temporary road diversions so they could proceed with the concreting of critical sections of the road.

All projects are expected to be completed by Dec. 31. 

In the same meeting, Charmp2 Scale Up Benguet Provincial Supervisor Mary Ann Fianza introduced the barangay participatory monitoring evaluation team (BPMET) to stakeholders and contractors. The BPMET, an independent monitoring body, will be the watchdog of the Charmp2 and the LGU in the community.

The BPMETs were already recognized by the municipal government through the signing of a special order to help in the monitoring and evaluation not only of Charmp2 Scale Up projects but of all development projects in the community.

Capability-building trainings are provided to BPMETs to hone their monitoring skills and familiarize them with the details of the projects that they will be monitoring and evaluating.

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