Monday, November 22, 2010

Mahinog eyes infra projects under MRDP

THE World Bank-funded Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) is considering the PHP 1.2 million worth of projects proposed by the Municipal Government of Mahinog.

The project includes level II water system for barangay San Roque. This will replace the old transmission pipelines with larger diameter pipes to meet the increasing water requirements of populace in the area.

The other project is the construction of two (2) units multi purpose drying pavement and a warehouse at Queobe in barangay San Miguel, which will dry and stock agricultural products during drying period and before the delivery to market outlet.

“We have already made preliminary presentations of the feasibility studies, detailed engineering design and environmental and social impacts of the proposed projects to the Regional Technical Working Group last Nov. 5 at Philtown Hotel,” said OIC-municipal agriculturist Sospis Leo U. Tabuan.

He added, however, that these project proposals were already “good as approved” as soon as municipal government can comply with "minor" requirements set by the regional technical working group.

Tabuan said that technical personnel from the municipal government is set to present the final proposal and requirements to the Regional Project Adjudication Board (RPAB) this coming November 25, 2010.

Mayor Alex R. Jajalla said that said projects are needed in the municipality to ensure water security for domestic and agricultural use in one hand, and help farmers increase productivity and income, in the other hand.

As this developed, the municipal council last Monday passed 3 resolutions to form part of the requirements set by MRDP.

First was a resolution expressing intent, willingness, and commitment of the municipal government of Mahinog to avail of MRDP and for the municipal government to shell out at least fifty percent of the total project cost. The total project cost is Php1,221,000.00.

The second resolution was for the municipal government to undertake the feasibility studies, detailed engineering design and the right- of- way negotiations and construction supervision as parts of LGU’s equity.

The other resolution was to allocate the site for the construction of two (2) units solar dryers and a warehouse at Queobe Eco-Park, also part of LGU's share.

The Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP ) is a Department of Agriculture’s World Bank-funded poverty reduction program, which aims to improve the incomes and food security of the rural poor and indigenous communities of Mindanao.

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