Announcements on Samar roads project should come from MCA-P
ONLY the Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines (MCA-P) has the authority to issue any information related to the Compact projects to be financed by a grant from the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
This, after several placards of Eastern Samar lone district Representative Ben P. Evardone were observed to have been posted along roads purportedly announcing the commencement of the $214.4-million worth of Secondary National Roads Development Project (SNRDP) in Samar Island.
“We will look and see what we can do about it,” Ma. Victoria Añonuevo, MCA-P managing director and CEO said.
Añonuevo added that MCC is bent on safeguarding the privacy of all MCA-P information and does not in any way associate with other persons.
Based on the billboards posted in several parts of Eastern Samar, Rep. Evardone is implying to the public that he is part of the 64.6-kilometer road rehabilitation project.
In the placards, Evardone announced the commencement of the national roads project this August and hinted it was realized “because of your [the people’s] trust and continued support.” The notice added the previous road projects will not be affected as it passed international standards. The same announcement bore the logos of the House of Representatives, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), MCA-P and the MCC.
But the MCA-P said the Compact project in Samar is apolitical and operates on its own.
It said that any information in relation to the project should directly come from their office and authorized representatives.
Recognizing the need to rehabilitate the Wright-Taft-Borongan-Guiuan road in Eastern Samar, the US government has approved the request of the MCC to allocate funds for the roads project.
To supervise the implementation of the project, MCA-P was created as the Accountability Entity. The DPWH is the implementing entity of the projects.
The roads project is aimed at helping improve the living conditions of the people of Samar. With more accessible and safer roads, people will have more socio-economic opportunities because of reduced transport time and cost. (PR)
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