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Since my recent kidney stone attack and the subsequent ultrasound which revealed I also had a fatty liver, Australian aid which continues to improve roads in Guimaras, the island province I reside on, is greatly benefiting me as well. The highway projects are providing me  with an excellent pathway to do my daily early morning walks. I’ve managed to get down to 187 pounds and have lost 16 pounds in five weeks.

empty cement bags serve as border for new road

 

The Provincial Government of Guimaras (PGG) is one of the recipients of the Philippines Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF) with funding source from the Government of Australia through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). PRMF, a five-year development initiative of the Governments of Australia and the Philippines, which aims to improve provincial government infrastructure. (Source: Discover Guimaras.)

 

Aussie aid to Guimaras

 

 

The five-year, Php 4.3 billion (A$100 million), Provincial Road Management Facility helps provincial governments upgrade and then maintain their core road network in provinces in Mindanao and the Visayas. The program started in seven partner provinces: Bohol, Guimaras, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental.

The ceremonial launch of the program kicked off in February 2012 according to the Australian Embassy website.

 

cemet mixer in guimaras

 

As you can tell by the photo above, the road crews, which are paid 240 pesos a day, 5.50 US Dollars, with no snacks or meals provided, are working with the latest equipment. I even saw a concrete truck rumbling down the highway a few weeks ago and managed to catch a shot of it today while walking over to “The Compound” to visit our little niece and nephew.

concrete truck used at construction site in guimaras

 

 

need a bridge to cross in guimaras

 

Of course the construction is wreaking havoc on nearby businesses and residents as pedestrians bridges, such as the ones shown in the pictures above and below, are a bit difficult for an old geezer American expat like myself to navigate. However, since my recently diagnosed “mild” fatty liver condition still does not allow any imbibing of adult beverages, I at least can cross these bridges without falling down in the trenches below.

 

widening the road in guimaras

 

I enjoy walking inside the pathway, see lead photo,  which is blocked by concrete bags filled with rock and dirt until the barriers are removed once the concrete has cured.  Also, since half of the road is being done in alternating sections adjacent to the main highway, I have a raised path to walk on, see following picture,  which any speeding tricycle or jeepney would have a difficult time jumping onto without serious damage to their vehicle.

 

new road construction in guimaras

 

So thanks to the Australian government for their generous aid to the Philippines, especially to the mango island province of Guimaras.  Their contributions have greatly improved the conditions of locals and foreigners alike and is greatly appreciated.

 

2 thoughts on “Australian Aid Continues to Improve Roads in Guimaras, the Philippines

  1. Very nice of the Aussies to help! Our roads really needed the help. Today roads. Tomorrow reliable power. Even Bliss has a new bright sign. Keep up the good work Guimaras. Maybe they’ll finish all this BEFORE I return. I still drink beer by the case and I’ll fall in that concrete death ditch. Oh please Lord not a trip to the Guimaras hospital ER!!!

  2. Dave,
    It’s interesting that the Australian government is supporting all those road projects for the government. Maybe it will help spur development some. It looks like you’re almost to your weight goal. You should be congratulated for that, as it isn’t always easy to lose weight.

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