P320.8-M foreign-aided programs up in Caraga

MbulletinButuan City – Various foreign-assisted infrastructure projects (FAPs) worth more than P320.8-million, which are being implemented by the Region-13 office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-13), are set for completion in the Caraga Region.

Under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Projects III (ARISP III), the projects include farm-to-market roads (FMRs), irrigation program, bridges, potable water system, warehouse, solar dryer, school buildings, health center, and post-harvest facilities.

Among the projects that are set for turnover on Friday include the farm-warehouse post-harvest facilities of Tubod town in Surigao del Norte, Libas and Jabonga in Agusan del Norte, and Tagbabapsa in Remedios Trinidad Romualdez, Agusan del Norte.

Last month, the Level II Pump in Doña Carmen, and Level II Pump in San Jose, both in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur, were completed, and turned over to the local government unit (LGUs), and farmer beneficiaries in the two areas.

The FMRs with corresponding bridges in the four areas of Tagbina were already completed, while the Phase II Marga-Hubasan road concreting project also in Tagbina is ongoing.

“Other ARISP III FAPs are still ongoing to beat their target timeline,” said DAR-13 Director Faisar A. Mambuay.

Meanwhile, the infrastructure projects under the Mindanao Sustainable Settlement Area Development (MinSSAD) worth some P142,018,435.60 are already completed in the various areas of Dinagat Islands province.

In another development, while the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) ended last June 30, the Land Acquisition Distribution (LAD) is being continued in the region by the DAR-13.

A total of 259,220 hectares of land had been distributed under the DAR’s Land Tenure Improvement, benefiting 122,264 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

“The CARP program will not end in June 30, 2014, instead this will continue until President Aquino’s term. We will continue to move forward and provide the services to our farmers,” Mambuay emphasized.

Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/p320-8-m-foreign-aided-programs-up-in-caraga/