BORONGAN CITY, March 13, 2018–US Ambassador Sung Kim was in Eastern Samar to personally see the completed Secondary National Roads Development Project (SNRDP) funded by the Americans.
The ambassador arrived Guiuan, Eastern Samar on March 12 was with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Cong. Ben Evardone.
From the airport, Kim’s convoy stopped by the millennium marker in downtown Guiuan and motored to Buyayawon bridge which marks the boundary of Salcedo and Mercedes.
“This is really a proud moment for me as the US ambassador cause the United States has a long history of providing assistance, but it’s not often that we get to see first hand the impact, the wonderful things that the MCC project here has been able to accomplish for you and your communities,” Ambassador Kim said.
Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez in his address to the ambassador said “you see how much a little money can do, how big a difference it can make in the lives of our citizens, and send back the message that your help is much appreciated”.
The SNRDP was part of a $434 Million dollar compact of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MMC) with the Philippine government aimed at reducing poverty through economic growth. The country qualified for the compact after meeting the goals set by MCC.
The project which was completed in 2016 covered the rehabilitation of the 222 kilometer stretch of road from Paranas in Samar, to Guiuan, Eastern Samar, including repair of bridges, construction of drainage canals, lamp posts, road safety features and railings. It was funded by the MCC with a grant of $214 Million.
“I would like to thank the US government for this assistance,” Cong. Ben Evardone said.
“With our good roads, the transport of goods is easier.”The road construction has impacted our people and NEDA reported that poverty incidence in Eastern Samar dropped during the height of the implementation of the project because of the jobs it generated, and other related industries benefited from this,” added Evardone.
“We are greatly proud to be partners with you, and we hope that we can continue to do more projects with you in the future,” the US ambassador further said. (Eden Cidro/Este News)