The Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (DAR-ARISP III) recently turned over the completed 6.5 km concrete farm to market road worth P28 million to the local government of R.T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte.
More than 11,000 residents in barangays Tagbongabong, Basilisa, Balangbalang, Poblacion II, and San Antonio Agrarian Reform Communities (TAGBABAPSA ARC) will be benefitting from the project with 989 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) including hundreds of residents from their neighbouring barangays.
The road project hopes to provide a better accessibility to three barangays, from national road junction in Poblacion II traversing Brgy. Balangbalang to San Antonio. The project is jointly funded by government and by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) implemented under DAR’s Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project, Phase III (ARISP III).
DAR Caraga Regional Director Faisar A. Mambuay, Andre B. Atega also of DAR, and Mayor Nilo D. Soliva led the ceremonial ribbon cutting and unveiling of the marker. Mambuay said, “This project is expected to improve lives and reduce poverty level of agrarian reform beneficiaries, farmers and residents in the community.”
The project is believed to increase the household income and change the way of life among the residents. Mayor Soliva lauded government initiatives like DAR’s interventions that dramatically increase productivity and boost economic condition which change not only the landscape but positively ease in commuting and lessen transport cost. He even said, “This road brings rapid growth that lead to the prosperity of my constituents.”
Jeanda Agao, one of the recipients, said the project indeed, is a dream come true to the residents, who endured years of bad road condition, but now, they have an accessible road that will greatly improve their mobilization of agricultural products.
“Ang maong proyekto dakoogta bang kay dili na kami maglisod sa pagdala sa among produkto ngadto sa kamerkadohan (The project greatly helps because we can easily bring our products to the market)," Jeanda said.
Witnessing the said activity were Vice Mayor Eleuterio R. Enriquez; DeniaJabagat and Virgie Batosalem of DAR; Danilo E. Versola of DPWH; District Engineer Salvador E. Montil Jr., San Antonio Brgy. Chairman Diosdado Enriquez; and some local residents.