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     Buenavista, Bohol – Stakeholders have started to reap the fruits of Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) in Buenavista with the turnover and inauguration of the 5.2km Panghagban to Brgy. Catigbian access road, and the launching of two livelihood enhancement support (LES) projects in the same barangays last March 5, 2020.

 

     INREMP National Project Manager Percival Cardona turned over the road project amounting to 17.1M PhP to the Buenavista Mayor Dave Duallo, who then turned it over to Brgy. Captains Samuel Aparece and Artemio Membreve of Panghaban and Catigbian, respectively, through a fitting ceremony at the Panghagban Barangay Community Center.

     On hand to witness the event were Congressman Aris Aumentado of the 2nd District of Bohol, 2nd District Board Member Franz Garcia representing Gov. Arthur Yap, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 7 Regional Executive Director Paquito Melicor Jr., Bohol Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Charlie Fabre, and City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Elpidio Palaca of CENR Office Talibon.

 

     Other officials who attended the turnover and inauguration ceremony were the members of the Sangguniang Bayan and department heads of the Municipality of Buenavista, officials of the two barangays, representatives from the Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Services (FASPS), and representatives from the INREMP National Project Coordinating Office (NPCO) and its regional counterpart in Region 7.

 

     Congressman Aumentado, in his speech, lauded DENR and its partners for aiding their district in the rehabilitation of the access road and hastening the process, which would have taken a few more years to complete had the rehabilitation relied only on the allocated funds of their local government.  He added that the convergence strategy must continue to be employed, even as he promised to focus his congressional fund allocation to infrastructure needs of his district, especially in Buenavista.

 

     The road project is among the 17 infrastructure projects being implemented in Bohol under INREMP and the second to be turned over after completion – the first being that in Danao – the Concepcion to Sitio Sta Ana road and the San Carlos to Sitio Danao Gamay, a total of 5.375 kilometers amounting to almost 21M PhP. Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Efren Logroño is the project coordinator and head of the Special Project Management Unit (SPMU) of the project in Buenavista.

 

     For the Rural Infrastructure projects, INREMP provides a grant of 80% of the total cost while local governments allocate from their annual budget the needed 20% of the fund to complete the project.

 

     Thus far, two out of the 32 LES subprojects have been completed and ready for launching. One is the turned-over rural infrastructure (RI) subproject, and the other is equipment support, particularly the procured farming machineries like floating tillers, threshers, grass cutters, and water pumps which shall soon be available for use of the residents of the two barangays.