TAGBINA, Surigao del Sur – Coffee farmers from the interior areas in this municipality will no longer have a hard time transporting their products months from now as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) began the concreting of a farm-to-market road from Sitio Mabuhay to Barangay Kahayagan.
A groundbreaking ceremony led by DAR 13 Regional Director Engr. Felix B. Aguhob and Tagbina Mayor Generoso Naraiso was held last February 6, 2018 in Brgy. Kahayagan, Tagbina, Surigao Sur.
Aguhob said the concreting of the 4.67-kilometer road is funded under the DAR Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Development (ConVERGE).
“This road project worth P30.9 million is expected to aid the value-chain process of the coffee products in Tagbina,” Aguhob added.
Mayor Naraiso, for his part, thanked the DAR in behalf of the people of Tagbina.
“Out of 19 municipalities in Surigao del Sur, it is our Tagbina who is blessed to have this road and water project,” the mayor said.
Along with the kick-off of the road construction was the groundbreaking of a potable water system project in Sitio Mabuhay.
Aguhob said the water system project will be a great help in the production and processing cycle of coffee farms.
Strengthening of support services to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) is among the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to DAR.
The President’s mandate has also been reiterated by Secretary John R. Castriciones during his visits to the regions and provinces since January of this year.
DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Benjamin Mataksil encouraged the farmer-beneficiaries and the community to take care of the project.
“Let us work together so that these projects will help realize the dreams of Tagbina coffee farmers for a better quality of life,” he stressed.
Arlyn Ruiz, chairwoman of the Kahayagan Water System Sanitation Association (KAWASA) said the water project will greatly help not only in their livelihood but more so in their day to day living.
She furthered that with easier household chores, they will have enough time to attend to their children and their livelihood.
Seventy (70) households in addition to the existing 300 households would benefit from the P2 million potable water project.
For Carmelita Samoya, member of the Mabuhay Kahayagan Coffee Growers Cooperative (MKCGC), the road project, which they have been dreaming for a long time, will greatly help them in their coffee production and processing business.
“Finally, we can now experience a better road. Thanks to the DAR”, Sayoma said.
The MKCGC started with 140 member-farmers who are recipients of land award from the DAR in 2010 but have started growing coffee since 1965.
Under Project ConVERGE, the MKCGC will be the lead organization of the Coffee Production, Rejuvenation, Processing and Marketing project.
Project ConVERGE is jointly funded by the Government of the Philippines represented by DAR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). (Joie L. Ceballos/DAR CARAGA)
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