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Maasin City's World Bank-funded FMR project set to begin implementation

Maasin City's World Bank-funded FMR project set to begin implementation

The World Bank funds a P180 million farm-to-market road project in Maasin, connecting interior barangays and providing residents with improved mobility and access to essential services. Photo: Ilara ko, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A new road project in Maasin City is set to begin construction thanks to a grant from the World Bank's Philippine Rural Road Development Program (PRRD). The 4.1-kilometer farm-to-market road will connect Hantag and Laboon's interior barangays, improving mobility and access to essential services.

City Councilor Zaldy Olita reported on the project's progress in a recent live radio broadcast, stating that the city government has contributed P16 million as its counterpart fund. This fund will be primarily used to pay road rights of way on private lands that the road will traverse.

According to Olita, work on the road project will take 350 calendar days to complete, beginning on the day construction starts. The project took six years to process, starting during the tenure of Vice Mayor Maloney Samaco as mayor.

The new road network is expected to significantly impact residents of Hantag and Laboon and their neighboring barangays. Residents of Hantag will have quick access to the provincial hospital and provincial capitol, while those in Laboon will have a convenient shortcut to the city proper. —iTacloban (Source: PIA)

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