During the turn over rites of 29 heavy equipment, Gov. Manuel Mamba points out the importance of the development or roads and accessibility to address insurgency

Some P113.27 million worth of heavy equipment were handed over to improve road access and complete infrastructure projects as a counterinsurgency measure in remote areas. 

Twenty-eight graders worth P3.868 million each and a bulldozer worth P4.9 million were received by town and city mayors of Cagayan.

During the recent turnover ceremony at the Capitol Complex at Alimannao village, Tuguegarao, the mayors signed a memorandum of agreement for the “No Barangay Left Behind” program between them and Governor Manuel Mamba.

Mamba, who also chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council, said “We strongly believe that the continuous rehabilitation and construction of road networks through these graders and a bulldozer will hasten the service of the provincial government to the public and lessen the problem of insurgency.”  

He pointed out that one reason for the insurgency is the lack of access to government programs, projects and activities citing this as the reason to develop and maintain inter-barangay connectivity and road networks in the far-flung areas.

“Where the road ends, insurgency begins but we would like to address this that is why we purchased these heavy equipment as we believe that where the road begins, insurgency ends,” Mamba said.

He also bared that the provincial government has originally budgeted P168.2 million for the equipment but they were able to acquire them for less at P113.272 million.

The governor said the P54.92 million savings can be channeled to other development projects that would benefit the majority of the Cagayanos. (Jojo Mangahis)