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In Nueva Ecija, DAR inaugurates two โ€˜Tulay ng Pangulo’ bridges

On Tuesday, two bridges in this municipality were officially inaugurated to serve residents and farmers in numerous communities.

The opening of the San Mariano-Barrio Militar and Diwalaan Bridges was conducted by Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones.

San Mariano-Barrio Militar Bridge is a 40.20-meter-long bridge that links the municipality of San Mariano to Palayan City, Nueva Ecija’s capital.

Diwalaan Bridge, on the other hand, stretches 17.20 linear meters between Barangays Las Pias and Sinasajan, according to data.

The bridges were built in cooperation with the Department of Agricultural Reform (DAR), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the local government unit under the Tulay ng Pangulo Program to help agrarian reform beneficiaries, according to Castriciones.

He said that the finished projects had a total cost of PHP14.11 million, which was funded via the foreign-assisted projects.

The DPWH was the implementing agency, according to Castriciones, while the Pearanda local government would be responsible for the bridges’ long-term viability, operation, and upkeep.

The initiatives will help approximately 566 agrarian reform beneficiaries who are responsible for 1,621 hectares of government-owned land, according to the provincial agrarian reform office.

Apart from daily commuters traveling back and forth to Palayan City and surrounding areas, the bridges are expected to improve the economic well-being of at least 8,747 people from the villages of San Mariano, Las Pias, and Sinasajan.

“While the epidemic compels us to maintain our distance from one another, these bridges bring us closer,” Castriciones said in an interview, highlighting the indisputable role of farmers and other agricultural stakeholders in keeping food on everyone’s tables amid the health crisis.

During the inauguration, Castriciones and several of his undersecretaries were accompanied by Maricel Nagao, the 4th District Representative from Nueva Ecija, Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas, and Pearanda authorities headed by Vice Mayor Ofelia Manayao.

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