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MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- The regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday led the turnover of two major road concreting projects in the municipalities of Hinunangan and Liloan that were built under the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) funded by the World Bank.

Angel Enriquez, DA-8 regional director, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a drive-through in both locations, together with provincial officials led by Gov. Damian Mercado, and the mayors of recipient municipalities, Mayor Reynaldo Fernandez of Hinunangan and Shirlita Chong of Liloan.

The Hinunangan side is a cross-country farm-to-market road (FMR) that traversed eight barangays, three of those belonging to Saint Bernard town, with a total length of 15.3 kilometers, but its spill-over effects covered 24 other barangays, said Jenny Lyn Almeria, PRDP project director.

The Saint Bernard-Hinunangan FMR project has a total cost of P176,813,000, she added.

The Liloan side, a coastal road by the side of the pacific ocean, is 19.4 kilometers in length with 14 barangays directly benefitting and indirectly benefitting 26 others, for a total cost of P239,134,000, Almeria said at the inauguration and turnover program held in Brgy. Anilao, Liloan.

Both projects were conceptualized in 2014 but finally implemented in 2017 and completed last year, with 80% of project cost coming from WB, 10% from the national government through the DA, and another 10% from the provincial government, Almeria reported.

During the program, video clips were shown in which residents celebrate how the paved road eased their lives in terms of mobility for children in going to schools, delivery of farm products to the market, and access to basic government services, particularly health. (LDL/MMP/PIA 8-Southern Leyte)