P35.6M Apayao farm to market road project

WITH the current administration’s drive to make better the economic condition of farmers and their communities, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has recently turned over the completed P35.6 million farm- to- market road project with a bridge component to Flora town in Apayao province.

The project will help farmers from different barangays in Flora to deliver their goods safer and faster to the market and other consumers.

Agrarian Secretary Rafael Mariano highlighted the importance of roads in driving economic growth especially in rural areas.

“Roads are vital components in the department’s drive to spur rural development in farming communities. This concreted road and bridge would greatly help farmers bring their farm products to the market faster and easier,” Mariano said.

DAR Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted Projects Sylvia Mallari said that barangays  Allig, Sta. Maria, Balluyan and Malayugan in the Municipality of Flora are the primary beneficiaries of the project, totaling 500 farm – households residing there.

“More than 500 farm-households are now benefitting from this road and bridge project. Transportation and transporting farm yield is now faster. More vehicles now ply the bridge and concreted road,” Mallari said.

 

Rocky and Muddy

She added that these residents endured rocky and muddy roads during rainy season, and had to cross the Allig River before it was constructed.

The project, in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Apayao governor Elias Bulut, Jr. said the road and bridge project will improve trade and commerce in the area.

“This road would make transporting agri-products faster. We expect the trade and commerce here to greatly improve,” the governor said.

Mariano also distributed Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) covering 770 hectares to 1,163 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

These agricultural lands are located in the provinces of Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mt. Province.

Mariano advised the ARBs not to sell their CLOAs nor convert their farmlands into other uses like commercial establishments to ensure food security.

 

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