Date Published: March 10, 2020

Macabebe, PAMPANGA – The Regional Project Coordination Office (RPCO 3) of the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) conducted a joint inspection on the on-going construction of the P47-million San Jose-Castuli Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) on February 28, 2020, here.

RPCO 3 headed by Action Officer Gil. G. David together with I-BUILD Component Head Engr. Abraham Molina, Rural Infrastructure Engineer Jun Clinton Gonzales, Geomapping and Governance Unit (GGU) Specialist Vladimir Puno, Social and Environmental Safeguard (SES) Officer Jes Surla, Project Support Office (PSO), Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU) of Pampanga Resident Engineer Ray Macaspac and municipal executives of Macabebe led by Vice-Mayor Annette Balgan spearheaded the joint inspection.

In a brief interview, Engr. Gonzales stated that FMR is located in the Northern part of Macabebe bounded on the East by the Barangays of Mataguiti, San Juan and Legarda; on the south-west by Sta Maria; on the north by the Municipality of Minalin and Masantol.

Engr. Gonzales then emphasized that the existing road network conjoining the Barangays of San Jose and Castuli serves as the entry and exit points of fisherfolks and commuters.

“The FMR has recently attained 25.42% of its physical accomplishment which equates to P12,036,513 on its first billing,” Engr. Gonzales added.

It can be recalled the construction of the 2.681-kilometer FMR has started in March of 2019 and is seen to be completed by June of this year.

With the improvement of the FMR, residents here will soon experience safe and economical access that is beneficial to fishery production likewise uplifting the current condition of farmers and fisherfolks in the area. (Ma. Reina Len Luna, RPCO3 InfoACE)

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