Undersecretary, Bernie Cruz; OIC-Project Director of the
DPWH, Rodrigo Delos Reyes; Javier Mayor, Michael Dragon
Javier; and Leyte 5th District Representative, Carl Nicolas
Cari (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th from left, respectively) cut
the ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the “Tulay
ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo” project. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
DAR turns over
“Tulay ng Pangulo” in Javier
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
December 9, 2019
JAVIER, Leyte –
Residents of Barangay Magsaysay and nearby villages in this
fourth-class municipality applauded with joy as they witnessed the
inauguration and turnover last week of the bridge that would
eventually change their lives.
In his welcome message,
Magsaysay Barangay Chairman Raul Abueva said school children would
now be able to attend their classes regularly even during rainy
For Carmelita Mamalias,
transporting of farm products would be a lot easier now.
Mamalias shared that prior
to the construction of this bridge, residents in the area cross the
stream thru a spillway which is flooded during heavy rains making it
Undersecretary Bernie Cruz
of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) led the inauguration and
turnover of the first “Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo”
project implemented in Eastern Visayas.
Cruz disclosed that the
P9.7-million project was funded under the French Government thru
Compagnie Francaise d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (COFACE).
He further disclosed that
the 28-linear meter bridge, implemented in coordination with the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), used pre-fabricated
materials imported from France.
Thus, Cruz reminded the
recipients to take care of the project and maintain it to be in good
condition always so it could still be used by the next generation.
According to him, the
materials used in this project are the same materials used in the
construction of the Eifel Tower. “Paghinawakan nyo ang tulay, parang
nakarating na rin kayo sa France at tinitingnan yung torre,” Cruz
jokingly said during the occasion.
Director Rodrigo Delos Reyes of the DPWH advised the residents in
the area to report to the local government unit any damage seen in
the project so it could immediately be repaired.
In acceptance, Mayor
Michael Dragon Javier repeatedly thanked DAR and DPWH officials that
finally the bridge, which according to him, was requested in 2013 by
his father, the former mayor, Leonardo Javier Jr., is now being
Javier stressed the
benefit this bridge would bring to his town. ”This is a sign of
progress, a sign of success for this town,” he added.
About 10,000 residents
from this barangay and five other nearby villages are expected to be
benefited by this project, wherein 293 are agrarian reform
With this bridge, this
area becomes an alternate route in going to adjacent municipality,
Joining Javier in
accepting the project was Leyte’s fifth district representative,
Carl Nicolas Cari, who also committed to help in the maintenance of
acknowledged, during the said occasion, previous projects DAR poured
in this municipality, which included six farm-to-market roads with a
combined amount reaching P96.8-million.