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Fifty-eight percent of the major regional projects and programs monitored by the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) are currently on track of its schedule, reported National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office 2 (NEDA RO2) during the Third Quarter RPMC Meeting held on September 30, 2011 at the Governor’s Function Hall, Nueva Vizcaya.
The Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) in Cagayan, Isabela, and Nueva Vizcaya is said to have completed 6 projects while 6 are still on-going. Likewise, the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) III of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has undertaken pre-feasibility studies on 53 projects and 48 of which were already validated.

The Peñablanca Sustainable Forestation Project, sourced from a private sector, the Toyota Motor Corporation-Japan, had also rehabilitated 588 has. of forest area, and developed 140 has. and 80 has. for agroforestry and firewood plantation respectively.

On the other hand, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD’s) SEA-K Program benefited 175 families and provided a capital assistance of PhP 0.965 M for livelihood development. Moreover, the 4Ps also accounted for a total of 24,043 beneficiaries from the 4 provinces in the region. The Department of Labor and Employment, thru its Integrated Livelihood Enhancement Program, provided PhP 0.298 capital assistance in the region as well.

Meanwhile, the 3 phases of Port Irene Breakwater Construction were also completed in the second quarter of this year; the first and second phases completed in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Said completion led to the advanced capability of the Port Irene to accommodate ships. Being the Freeport Zone of the north, its rehabilitation and development have increased the economic activities of the Cagayan province and further the industry growth in the region.

In terms of road rehabilitation programs, completed projects as of the second quarter of CY 2011 is summed up to 25 out of 103, while 56 projects are still on-going. These projects are said to increase mobility in the region, reduce travel time thereby lesser transportation cost.

Furthermore, the Lallo International Airport, which started on June, 2009, was reported 75% complete on its runways. Concreting of the airport pavement, enhancing of the drainage system, and construction of the perimeter fences are continuously undertaken while the site development electrical system of the airport is 100% complete. The lag in the schedule is due to inclement weather conditions affecting the area which delays most of the activities, said Engineer Julian Jovy B. Gonzales of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).

The successful operationalization of the Lallo International Airport in the coming years is expected to improve the access to the Cagayn Socio-Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZFP), serving as an alternate gateway for investors and tourists.