Mayor Minerva Casinabe, as she unfastened the time capsule for the Rural Infrastructure project in New Kidapawan, Kibawe, Bukidnon as DENR and LGU officials look on.
Kibawe, Bukidnon- Local residents cheered loudly and many visitors could not help but smile and be delighted as Local Chief Executive of Kibawe, Mayor Minerva C. Casinabe turned the first sod of concrete mix for the eagerly-awaited rural infrastructure (RI) Access Road Rehabilitation Project during the ground-breaking ceremony held last April 18, 2018 at New Kidapawan, Kibawe, Bukidnon.
The 3.2 kilometers access road rehabilitation which will serve also as farm-to-market road project was proposed by the Local Government of Kibawe to the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-assisted Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) with a total cost of Php15, 529,643.48.
“I am so happy and very proud for being the first LGU implementer of the rural infrastructure subcomponent among the INREM Project sites,” declared Municipal Mayor Casinabe, at the ceremony. “This is an ultimate success to us, despite the difficulties, tedious and very complicated process. We surpassed and saw the fruit of our hard labor. Indeed, this project is one of the answers to reduce poverty and uplift the economic well-being of our municipality.”
Another invited guest to the occasion who looks forward to the success of the project was Engr. Paquito Melicor, Jr., Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services. In his message, he emphasized that cooperation and perseverance are two major keys to achieve success and overcome the challenges that come along in the implementation of the road building project.
Moreover, Deputy Project Director Forester Moises Butic expressed his appreciation and thanked the LGU of Kibawe for their tenacity and determination in pursuing their proposal until it was approved by the authorities. According to For. Butic, the rehabilitation/improvement of the farm-to-farm-market road once completed, will give convenience not just for the community but also to the future tourists. The access road will open opportunities for ecotourism knowing that Southern Bukidnon particularly Kibawe is rich in natural water resources like waterfalls, lakes and caves which are very ideal for recreational and environmental activities.
Tribal leader and Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Mr. Irineo Tigbabao, pours the concrete mix on the time capsule of the New Kidapawan access road.