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DPWH completes road concreting project in Occidental Mindoro

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The Department of Public Works and Highways said that it has completed a road concreting project in Occidental Mindoro.

The department said that far-flung communities in Sitio Apas, Mananao, Barangay Wawa, Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro will be now accessible through the said road concreting project funded under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program.

The PAMANA is a program under the Office of the Presidential Adviser of the Peace Process (OPAPP).

Citing a report from DPWH Occidental Mindoro District Engineer Josefino M. Melgar, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the P98.5-million Apias-Mananao project covers the 2-lane concreting of scenic 2.36-kilometer road connected to Calapan North Road, which also serves as access road to the famous tourist destination of Agbalala Falls.

“The main purpose of this project is to extend development to inaccessible, isolated areas to help build rapport between the conflict-affected areas and the government,” Secretary Villar was quoted as saying.

The DPWH said that before the completion of the project, stakeholders must ride a motorboat to acquire and deliver goods and resources to the barangay, which are deemed riskier than travel by land.

“With the newly-concreted road, residents and locals will now experience seamless travel, while at the same time, help boost the agricultural growth and socio-economic status of the province, and encourage peace all throughout Occidental Mindoro,” Sec. Villar said.