The Government recently turned over P44 million worth of infrastructure and irrigation projects to two provinces in the Caraga Region.
In a statement over the weekend by the Department of Agriculture, an P11-million farm-to-market road project has prompted the recent construction of a 200-meter footbridge in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement released by the Department of Agrarian Reform last week, communal irrigation systems (CIS) worth P33 million were distributed to a farmers’ association in barangay Baleguian in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.
The road project was funded through the Bottom-up Budgeting Program which funds poverty-reduction projects at barangay level. In addition, the local government of Sibagat gave P2 million as counterpart funds for the project.
The footbridge is expected to benefit a total of 1,560 farmers in Barangays Poblacion, Tagoyango, and Kioya in Sibagat.
Tagoyango is now seen as the artery that links farmlands to the national highway.
“This project will help us farmers to reduce the transportation cost of our agricultural products at least at one peso per kilo.,” said Fe M. Sarabia, Chairperson of Taguyango Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Meanwhile the irrigation systems given to a farmers’ association in barangay Baleguian covers three dams to serve 180 hectares of rice land. A total of 118 farmers in the barangay are expected to benefit.
The CIS was the second project funded under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP-III). In December 2011, DAR also turned over a 1.8-kilometer farm-to-market road from Agusan del Norte to Davao del Norte worth P11.6 million.
Along with the distribution of the CIS, the farmers’ association, Baleguian Organic Farmers and Irrigator’s, also received 11 common service farm facilities amounting to P4.3 million.