The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over 1.95-kilometer farm-to-market road (FMR) project in barangays Barong, Elizabeth and San Marcelino of the municipality of Dingras, Ilocos Norte to improve the economic lives of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) in the said communities.
Regional Director Homer P. Tobias said the road project worth P6.6 million would make travelling to and from the town proper and delivery of goods to various trading centers easier and timely.
Tobias said the road used to be hardly passable especially during the rainy season when farmers turned helpless while watching their harvests rot because they could not deliver them to various markets.
“With this road they will not just deliver them on time but they have easy access to get back and forth from various trading centers and markets to spend more time in their farms,” he added.
Tobias said the road project would not only benefit 601 ARBs in the said barangays but also the adjacent barangays in the agrarian reform community.
“The infrastructure project is implemented under the Grassroot Participatory Budgeting(GBP), an initial gains which contributed to the upliftment of the economic condition of the ARBs,” Tobias said.
The GPB, previously called Bottoms-Up Planning and Budgeting (BUB), was adopted as a strategy to identify various programs and projects that would help address the development needs of poorest cities and municipalities in the country.