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DA’S P1.02-B AGRI-INFRA IN MINDANAO TO BOOST RURAL PRODUCTIVITY

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A government development project boosts rural production areas in Mindanao with more agriculture-support infrastructures.

According to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in its mid-July report, Mindanao is picking up on its implementation of infrastructure subprojects particularly on road networks across Mindanao.

A total of 27 concreting of farm-to-market road (FMR) subprojects are in its various stages of implementation covering a total of 102.19 kilometers with a total cost of P1.02 billion.

These subprojects are implemented under PRDP’s infrastructure development arm IBUILD or the Intensive Building of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development Component.

“With the IBUILD component, the Project aims to put in place strategic and climate-resilient rural infrastructure facilities along the value-chain of the champion commodities in each province in the country,” said PRDP Mindanao Cluster Project Director Lealyn A. Ramos.

“In this manner we elevate the productivity of the countryside and uplift rural lives particularly the farmers and fisherfolk,” she added.

Of the figure, Region 9 is implementing a total of 25.67 kilometer road networks amounting to P271.86 million in the towns of Buug, RT Lim, Tungawan and Si-ay in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay. The projects in Buug and RT Lim have above 50% accomplishment rate.

Region 10 is implementing a total of P398.71 million worth of farm-to-market roads with a total length of 38 kilometers. Now on its various stages of implementation, the projects are located in the towns of Salay and Initao in the province of Misamis Oreintal; Tudela, Calamba and Pana-on in Misamis Occidental; Lala and Kapatagan in  Lanao del Norte and Malitbog in Bukidnon Province.

The report also noted that Davao region is implementing a 2-kilometer FMR subproject with bridge component measuring 45 linear meters amounting P52.28 million in the town of Baganga, Davao Oriental.

Region 12 is the first region to have completed PRDP infra projects with its one Potable Water System project in the town of Tampakan, South Cotabato amounting to P4.3 million.

Meantime, the region also is implementing some 25.43 kilometer FMR subprojects in the towns of Isulan in Sultan Kudarat; Tupi and Banga in South Cotabato; Tulunan, North Cotabato and Maitum in Sarangani Province.

Further, Talacogon town in Caraga Region is implementing a 2.48-kilometer farm-to-market road amounting to P29.3 million.

While Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has three on-going FMR Subprojects including the 3.06 kilometer FMR in Balindong, Lanao del Sur; and two projects in Parang, Maguindanao with a total length of 5.55 kilometers. All these projects totaled to P88.77 million.

PRDP is a six-year development project that aims to increase farmers’ income and develop a more market-oriented, climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector. It is jointly implemented by DA, the World Bank and local government units. (Sherwin B. Manual/PRDP Mindanao)

Posted By: Lynne Pingoy

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