Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson recently visited remote agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in the Cordilleras to check the status of various infrastructure projects of the department.
Ayson said the validation and inspection of completed and on-going projects was conducted to identify problems in project implementation and to evaluate the impact of these projects to the farmers.
“This project inspection will help us overcome problems that will arise in the delivery of programs and projects of the department. After assessment of each project, we made action plans to resolve these obstacles,” said Ayson.
In the array of validation and inspection of the numerous DAR projects in the provinces especially those not yet fully completed, problem solving sessions were done to ascertain the reasons for the delays and the appropriate remedial measures.
In Kalinga, the P43.50 million Bugnay-Buscalan-Butbut farm-to-market road in Tinglayan was completed just after the Ayson’s visit on March 3, 2017. Likewise, the implementation of the P44.5 million Eheb-Impugong road in Tinoc was very much affected by the effects of climate change where there is rapid rainfall and high humidity. Similarly, the unfinished works in the Wallayan-Abbatan-Bot-oan road in Buguias, Benguet is expected to be completed within this month.
“Notwithstanding, these road networks are still considered as functional or operational because while the projects are being done, these [infrastructure projects] are still being used by farmers and commuters,” Ayson said.
The completed infrastructure projects like irrigation, post-harvest facilities and potable water supply were complemented with agricultural extension and business development services funded under the Agrarian Reform Community Enhancement Support Services (ARCESS).
In the implementation of the projects in the ARCs, a number of Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) were selected as subject organizations in the implementation of the extension and business development services.
“Farm machines like tractors, threshers, shredders and flatbed dryers were distributed to these ARBOs as additional support for the infrastructure projects,” said Ayson.
In Ayson’s recent visit in the remote Tinoc ARC in Ifugao, she assured the farmers that the DAR is there to help them improve their lives through infrastructures and agricultural development programs. (Jane Toribio)
Photos: Project validation and inspection of farm-to-market roads.
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