A new one-kilometer road project in Sulat, Eastern Samar funded by Asian Development Bank – Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (ADB-JFPR) was recently turned over to the Operations and Management Committee of Barangay San Francisco.

The said activity held last 21 March 2016 was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development VIII through the Regional Project Manager for the Kalahi CIDSS-JFPR, Ms. Melanie V. Ruiz. It was participated by the municipal mayor of Sulat, Hon. Virginia R. Zacate, ADB-JFPR representatives led by Ms. Olive Brillo, municipal and the barangay officials.

In the message given by Mayor Zacate, she related that the barangay is fortunate to be the recipient of the road project as the budget was supposedly to be shared by twelve (12) barangays. But during a meeting with the barangay captains, it was agreed that the said budget will be fully utilized for the repair and/or renovation of the existing road access of Barangay San Francisco to achieve a greater impact to the community. She recalled that this road was severely damaged by Typhoon Ruby sometime in 2014 making access to the barangay difficult. This time, the road was reconstructed and elevated contributing to an easy access for the employees, students, and local residents. Traders now freely enter this barangay, thus contributing to its economic growth.

The ADB-JFPR representative from the national office, Ms. Olive Brillo, also gave a message encouraging the residents and barangay officials to be jointly responsible in taking care of this project and demonstrate their sense of ownership to it. She even wished that more projects will be given to the Municipality of Sulat from the ADB-JFPR funding.

During the ceremonial turn-over, the barangay residents who contributed to the realization of this project were given certificates of recognition for their invaluable support.

Marlon T. Andrino, YPMO, NEDA VIII