By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
COMMUTERS would have to stretch their dwindling patience some more as the expected arrival in May of the concrete road in Larap will not happen - yet.
The concrete segment of the road stopped in Sparline in November and has never moved an inch forward since.
A native of Larap, who travels the road everyday in the course of doing her business in Mambulao town seven kilometers away, told MWBuzz:
“Hindi pa po … ganun pa rin po ang itsura ng kalsada sa Sparline (not yet … it’s still the same road that we see in Sparline.)
The source said she travels in her motorbike everyday and that 2km portion of the road has been giving her a rough ride.
The same complaints are being aired by commuters and jeepney operators, who wish that the local government finds money to complete it soon.
The Parang-Larap road cementing program ground to a halt in Sparline after the Mambulao local government ran out of funds, leaving about 2km of bad road that ends at the center of Larap.
The fully-concreted road reached its Sparline segment sometime last November, earning praises from the community.
Mambulao Mayor Ricarte “Dong” Padilla had earlier told the people that the unfinished section of the road would be funded by the Department of Tourism under its tourism program.
Padilla said sometime late last year the resumption of the project was to begin last January and would be completed after five months, which was May.
He appealed to Mambulao people to be patient for another five months, after which they would have fully-concreted road from Mambulao to Larap, a 7km of smooth stretch.
But this was not to happen,
The fund of about Php20 million was to come from the development fund known as pork barrel, which outlawed by the government recently after it has been tainted with massive graft.
Although the funding has already been approved by the Tourism Department, it has never been released to the Mambulao LGU.
Padilla has remained silent about the delay of the project, which is supposed to be the crowning glory of his administration’s second term.
Although Larap became the wealthiest community in the province of CamNorte from the 50s to early 70s because of the booming iron mine the village hosted those days, the concreting of the seven kilometer road linking the poblacion to Lara was never given importance by miner Philippine Iron Mines (PIM) and the local government.
At present, the natives of Larap, who are based overseas, are again trying to start another fund raising campaign for money to buy cement for the project.
This is one way to help the Mambulao government complete the remaining 2k stretch of rough road, according to an officer of the LaPima (Laking PIM ako), an association of the sons and daughters of former Larap workers.