NV's CMGP Project is a finalist - Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
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NV’s CMGP Project is a finalist

By on November 14, 2019

The Province of Nueva was indeed so blessed for the inclusion of its P30 Million CVR Kinacao-Kurasay-Kinalabasa Road Project among the three (3) shortlisted entries under the Local Access Roads Category of the 2019 CMGP Awards for Outstanding Implementers. As an added bonus, the province is equally glad that its Salin-Tubig in Santa Fe under the Water System Category also made it to the finals.

Nueva Vizcaya, a 2nd income class province, that caters to at least 452,000 people spread over the 275 barangays of its 15 component municipalities, basically relies on its national allotments that account for about 80% of its annual budgets in delivering basic services, which are anchored on the overarching goals of its holistic PRAYERS N FAITH platform of public administration and governance.

PRAYERS N FAITH is the acronym for the following 13-point development agenda of the provincial government initiated during the administration of erstwhile Governor Ruth Raña Padilla, which were also adopted by the present leadership:
P-rotecting the Environment
R-eforms for Good Governance
A-griculture and Food Security
Y-outh and Sports
E-ducation and Skills Training
R-ural Development and Rural Electrification
S-ocial Services for Women, Senior Citizens, Children, PWDs and the Marginalized
N-etworking and Linkages
F-arm-to-Market Roads and Other Infrastructures
A-rts and Culture
I-ndigenous People
H-ealth Services

Serving as a guiding light for the said development agenda is the local government’s Vision for the province, that is, “NUEVA VIZCAYA, a watershed haven where spiritually, socially, politically, culturally and economically empowered people live in peace and prosperity, resilient communities and environments.”

The limited financial resources of the provincial government are among the driving forces that have been prompting the local leaders to establish and strengthen links and partnerships, especially with those agencies and institutions that can and are willing to provide support to its socio-economic development projects. As impressed upon by Governor Carlos M. Padilla, “Kahit walang awards, basta may available funds na magagamit tayo for projects, eh parang panalo na rin ang ating mga kababayan (Even if we do not receive any awards as long as we have funds to use for projects, our people are deemed winners.). Nevertheless, I am indeed glad that our project implementers, along with our support offices, and most especially our people, have been so cooperative and earnest in giving their share to every development endeavor that we do for the province.”

As intended, the 2,172 meters long CMGP access road project benefits the more than 56,000 constituents, who are mostly IPs, in the northern Municipalities of Bagabag and Quezon, particularly the agricultural workers that yield annually about 22 million pieces of pineapple and 6.2 metric tons of corn over a combined production area of 1,030 hectares. The adjacent Municipality of Diadi is also benefitted by the access road that serves as an interlink facility as well.

Highlighting the socio-economic benefits associated with the project is the upward surging of the fair market value of the lots in the area, and the testimony of farmers that “Nagtatanim pa lang kami eh binibili na ang mga pinya, mais at ibang high-value crops namin” (We are still planting, yet our pineapple, corn, and high-value crops are already being bought.”#jlc