A total of 5,876 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Isabela hailed the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for plowing in P30.4 million worth of rural infrastructure projects in the province, saying that they would help increase farm productivity and enhance the market value of their harvests.
The DAR recently signed four memorandums of agreement (MOAs) with the local governments of San Pablo, Mallig, Echague and Quezon for the construction and rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads, repair of a bridge and a river-control project for the said municipalities.
DAR Regional Director Marjorie Ayson said the infrastructure projects would help improve the economic activities in these municipalities.
In the agreement signed between DAR and San Pablo Mayor Antonio Jose T. Miro, a river control infrastructure project would be built for the municipality to avoid the overflowing of Pinacanauan river.
“When the river overflows, farmers’ crops are destroyed. To avoid this, we will construct dikes along the river banks in Auitan to avoid flooding during heavy rains,” said Ayson.
Another project that was agreed upon between DAR and Mayor Predo A. Flores was the construction of a rural access road in Sitio Villa Corazon in Barangay Manano and the Siempre Viva-San Pedro FMR for the municipality of Mallig.
DAR also agreed with Echague Municipal Mayor Melinda G. Kiat about the need for the maintenance of the 19-kilometer Narra, Magleticia, Salvacion and Aromin earth road and the repair of Narra bridge.
The DAR and Mayor Daryl G. Gascon likewise came to an agreement to rehabilitate the 500-meter Minagbag FMR and the 500-meter Dummon FMR in the municipality of Quezon.
“These infrastructure projects will be a big help for farmers in terms of transport, accessibility, and connectivity.” said Ayson.
The infrastructure projects will be implemented under the government’s Grassroots Participatory Budgeting.