PRDP execs, World Bank consultants visit three subprojects in Catanduanes

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Executives of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) together with the World Bank Consultants (WBC) and Project Support Office-South Luzon visited the province of Catanduanes for a two-day mission last May 29 and 30.

The WBC, PRDP Executives alongside with the National Project Coordination Office (NPCO), Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO), PRDP-PPMIU and Municipal Project Coordination Office (MPCO) visited three subprojects.

“One of the projects is an I-BUILD or Intensified Building up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development at Caramoran for the farm-to-market road,” the province said.

“While the other two projects are I-REAP or Investments in Rural Enterprises and Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity with an I-BUILD component at Bato for Pinoy Lingap Damayan Mutlipurpose Cooperative (PLDC) and Panganiban for Panganiban Fisherfolks Association (PFA) for the discussion of the subproject development details,” it added.

For the I-BUILD project, the team conducted a walk-through inspection of the 7.37-kilometer Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in Caramoran that stretches from four barangay of the said municipality namely; Sabangan, Panique, Maui and Datag East.

They also held a dialogue and consultation with the affected individuals for the road construction.

Meanwhile, the team also conducted a dialogue and consultation with the proponent groups of microenterprise subprojects in Bato for PLDC and in Panganiban for the PFA.

In an interview Engr. Elsie B. Reyes, Department Head of Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) said that the preparation for this mission was compose of numerous initial pre-mission activities.

However, she said that during the site visits, the team have seen problems, particularly in slope protection for the road construction.

Also, a consultation meeting in Legazpi City, Albay was conducted by the I-PLAN team with Catanduanes State University (CSU) last June 1 for the presentation of the initial result of the Mangrove Resources Mapping and Stakeholder’s Engagement for Sustainable Crab Industry Development in Catanduanes.

Acting Governor Shirley A. Abundo expressed her gratitude to the members of the WBC and other agencies involved to the subproject in three municipalities.