A few good old days….

A fisherman from Barangay Marita of the municipality of President Roxas is very excited. He had a good catch today after his grueling fishing on the “Tinagong Dagat”. From the wharf of the said fishing community, he is planning to deliver his freshly caught seafood to the public market.

Unfortunately for this poor fisherman, he does not have any knowledge and was not trained in the proper handling and packaging of his seafood products, increasing the risk of spoilage of his produce. Adding to his problem is the dilapidated condition of the farm-to-market road particularly on the Avalo Street, thus, this cause delay in his delivery.  Upon arriving at the public market, the unpaved and rough parking space of the said economic enterprise causes congestion and heavy traffic of vehicles, further delaying and spoiling the fisherman’s seafood product.

It’s a classic story of ruining a good day’s catch….

The Local Government of President Roxas after receiving the “Seal of Good Housekeeping” last year was entitled to the Performance Challenge Fund, amounting to one million pesos. This hefty cash grant will be used by the LGU on vital infrastructure project. The local government must also have a counterpart on this project which is the same as the fund given by the DILG.

The administration of Mayor Raymund S. Locsin of President Roxas responded to the challenge of the DILG through its Retroactive Solutions and Leadership Approach.

The hurdles in achieving a full swing development and progress can be attributed to some problems from the past which have been miss looked by the previous administrations. There is a need for a retroactive solution to take care of this old knot and this requires an active, effective and efficient leadership from the present administration.

After several consultative dialogues with the people, the local government unit, under the leadership of Mayor Raymund S. Locsin has identified three crucial problems which need immediate solutions.

First, the need to further improve as well as rehabilitate some of its facilities of Agricultural Training Center which serves as venue for trainings and conferences for farmers and fisher folks to improve their skills and capabilities. Second, the road of Avalo Street which was created in 1960 as the primary Farm-to-Market road for the fishermen is already dilapidated and needs immediate repair and rehabilitation. Thirdly, the parking space of the public market is unpaved and muddy during rainy seasons resulting vehicle congestion and traffic especially during market days.

PCF on Infra Projects ….

Upon identifying the economic culprits, the gears and wheels of the local government moved forward to formulate project proposals and action plans so that a retroactive solution to solve these old problems will be delivered.

First strike of improvement is the RSL Center or the Agricultural Training Center. The primary goal of improving the Resources and Services for Livelihood (RSL) Center is to enhance its facilities so that it can cater to a more advanced training sessions and conferences.  The project includes renovation of the session hall and concreting and paving the driveway and parking area.

The direct beneficiaries of the project are the clients of the center consisting of fishpond operators, marginal fishermen, farmers and small entrepreneurs. The long-term beneficiaries are the unemployed who will be hired as a result of the opening of new enterprises, the consumers, the community and the local government unit.

Total Project Cost is 600,000 pesos in which 300,000 pesos where from the PCF and the remaining amount where shouldered by the LGU.

The second strike is the rehabilitation of Avalo Street use as Farm-to-Market road. A well paved Farm-to-Market road means a better access for farmers and fishermen to deliver their product to the market fast and fresh. The old Avalo Street road were constructed way back year 1960 and serves as the primary road of the 6 coastal town of the municipality from the wharf going to the public market.

The project replaced the old road with a much stronger and thicker road. This will benefit the fish pond owners, marginal fishermen and fish traders of the six (6) coastal barangays of the municipality, namely: Marita, Madulano, Quiajo, Pandan, Pinamihagan and Sangkal.

Total Project Cost is 600,000 pesos in which 300,000 pesos where from the PCF and the half coming from the Local Government Unit.

Third strike is the improvement of public market.  The public market of President Roxas today is more favorable to consumers and traders compared to those days that were muddy and unpaved. Traffic congestions during market days are now lesser and the vehicles are more organized because parking spaces are maximized.

The direct effect of the concreted access road and parking area of the public market is in the economy of the municipality with the buyer friendly market increasing the volume of traders and investors because of the favorable parking conditions.

A total of 800,000 pesos were spent on the said project with the amount of 400,000 pesos coming from the PCF and the remaining amount covered by the LGU.

More good days now….

A fisherman from Barangay Marita of this municipality is very excited. He had a good catch today after his grueling fishing on the “Tinagong Dagat”. From the wharf of the said fishing community, he is planning to deliver his freshly caught seafood to the public market.

Fortunately for this poor fisherman his knowledge and training in the proper handling and packaging of his seafood products, enable him to reduce the spoilage of his produce. The newly paid farm-to-market road particularly on the Avalo Street resulted to a faster delivery of his catch going to the market.  Upon arriving at the public market, the paved and concreted access road and parking space of the said economic enterprise causes a smooth flow of vehicles, ensuring that fisherman’s seafood product will go to the market stalls fresh.

It is indeed a good day’s catch for the fisherman. (Arnold Alarcon Municipality of President Roxas, Capiz)