P4.7B needed for road connectivity in Samar’s hard-to-reach areas
Catbalogan City, Samar, Philippines – The province of Samar needs some P4.7 billion to fund road projects to interconnect isolated communities to the economic loop and eventually bring forth peace and development in those areas.
During the provincial peace and order council meeting on 22 August 2016, resolutions to connect Samar’s isolated and impoverished communities were drawn.
With province’s poverty incidence at 49.5%, the council believes that the national government would want to connect hard-to-reach areas and allow Samarnons to be on their way to peace and development.
The army, presented by a brigade and two battalions, confirmed that where the road ends, insurgency begins, thus the effort of the council to press the national government for the funding.
These communities are found in the hinterlands of Paranas, San Jose de Buan, Jiabong, Motiong, and Talalora.
Provincial Agriculturist Anita Taran said that the access of roads will inspire farmers to produce as access to and from the market will be assured and eventually reduce the poverty incidence which grips almost half of the Samarnons.
In the recent visit of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol, he promised a project management team to study how to alleviate poverty in the area.
Imelda Bonifacio, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and PAMANA Area Manager in the region hopes that with the peace and development agenda of the Duterte administration, all efforts will lead to free Samar from poverty. (Nimfa B. Quirante/PIA-Samar)