P36.7M rural road upgrades underway
MANILA, Philippines – The construction of 3 farm-to-market road (FMR) projects worth P36.7 million is now underway, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced over the weekend.
The road works include the concreting of Purok 2-San Martin FMR in Barangay Kudanding (95% completed); concreting of Tayugo-Paladong FMR (38% completed); and concreting of Bual-Talitay FMR (30% completed), all in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, according to Amalia Jayag-Datukan, Executive Director of Department of Agriculture-Regional Office 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN).
Upon completion, the FMR network would benefit 1,000 farming households cultivating 2,000 hectares of rice lands.
Isulan Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue said the concreting of the said road sections have been prioritized due to the critical role infrastructure plays in spurring agricultural growth.
“Since the 1970s, the accessibility of these roads has long been a problem especially during rainy season when the trails are not passable even to motorcycles and tricycles,” he said.
These projects are funded under the World bank-supported Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
Representatives of the World Bank visited the sites on January 27 to monitor the progress of the road projects as part of the team’s review mission for the PRDP.
The PRDP, rolled out in the beginning the second semester of 2014, is a 6-year program implemented by the DA with the World Bank for the creation of an inclusive, value-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.
The total project cost for the PRDP is P27.5 billion consisting of a P20.5 billion loan from the World Bank, P3.58 billion counterpart funding from the national government, P3.112 billion equity of local government units, and P287 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Local government units that choose to participate in the project are required to provide counterpart funds of 10% of the project cost for production support for commodities and 20% of the project cost for infrastructure projects.
Last month, the DA announced that it decided to waive part of the requirements of PRDP to expedite funds for provinces affected by Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan). – Rappler.com