CONCEPCION, Iloilo – The various Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) projects of the Department of the Interior and Local Government have already benefited residents of the barangays since its implementation in year 2013.   In the Municipality of Concepcion, Iloilo, the BuB 2016 Core Road Project is Farm to Market Road and the beneficiary is Sitio Amomo-ong, Barangay Aglosong where a turn-over ceremony was held last January 3, 2018.

The ceremony was attended by the local officials of Concepcion, Iloilo headed by Mayor Milliard S. Villanueva and Vice Mayor Rainer Balida and the DILG Officials namely LGOO VI Susan Balsamo, Cluster Head; OIC MLGOO Ma. Cris Velmida Gianzon; Engr. Romie Potot, DILG R6 PDMU Chief; and the Sanguniang Barangay Members headed by Punong Barangay Nestor Molejona of Barangay Aglosong.

This 1.7km farm to market road has an allocated budget of PHP 15,000,000.00 from the 2016 BuB-Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) Program and LGU counterpart amounting to PHP 2,100,000.00. The project kicked off on February 2017 and was completed on November 2017.

Mayor Villanueva emphasized that, they do not mind providing counterpart since that is the essence of the project. They are as well, eager to provide for the operations and maintenance of the project, so that the maximum benefits will definitely be enjoyed by the constituents.

"Agriculture is the prime industry of Aglosong because it is an agricultural barangay and almost all, if not all of the household are dependent on agriculture. We have prioritized Aglosong because it has the greatest farmer beneficiaries", Mayor  Villanueva said.

The beneficiaries have shown great appreciation to the project, "We have a tricycle before and travelling back then was very strenuous. I used to get off the tricycle to push it because the road was impassable. Our road was muddy with deep holes but now, we are so thankful to Mayor Villanueva and the DILG that through them we were granted a better road, a road that would be easy for us to travel even at night, that if there is an emergency it would be easy for us to reach the hospital," shared by Mrs Marilou Martinez, a native of Brgy Aglosong.

"It was so difficult for us to transport our products to the town center, because of the bad road, our products easily get spoiled. Now, we are very thankful for this project, we can easily transport our products directly to the town center." added by Mrs. Rema Trinidad, one of the beneficiaries of the project.
 
Mayor Villanueva expressed his appreciation to the DILG for the constant monitoring on the progress of the project in the LGU. "We would like to have this kind of projects in the future of the same type, particularly the farm to market road.  The financial assistance given to us is very beneficial considering that our resources cannot afford to finance the whole project," Mayor Villanueva said. (Angelyn P. Labor, DILG6)