The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over P49.6-million worth of infrastructure projects in Barobo, Surigao del Sur to improve the quality of lives of farmers and residents in the municipality.
DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang said the multi-million project, funded under the DAR-Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Project Phase III (ARISP-III), includes a seven-kilometer NRJ Dughan-Javier farm-to-market road improvement and construction of a 36.8 meter flatslab bridge.
“The projects are expected to benefit 834 agrarian reform beneficiaries and thousand other residents of Barangays Dughan, San Jose and Javier, all of Barobo, Surigao Sur,” Ragandang said.
Ragandang thanked the local government units, both provincial and municipal, for their support especially in generating the local government’s counterpart. “Indeed, the counterpart of the local government is essential in realizing these big projects,” she said.
The turn-over ceremony was attended by Surigao Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang, Barobo Mayor Felixberto Urbiztondo, ARISP Assistant- National Project Manager Henry Zapata, National Project Engineer Mel Lamboon, Assistant Regional Director Daylinda Narisma and Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Benjamin Mataksil.
Governor Pimentel lauded the DAR for its efforts and concern to the residents of the municipality and advised project beneficiaries to take good care of the project.
“Farmers and the local government play very important role in the post-construction phase and that is to use the infrastructure projects with care and contribute to its maintenance,” Pimentel said.
For Dughan Barangay Captain Alex Maceda, the project is a dream come true. “Thank you so much to all the government agencies who are supporting us, most especially to DAR,”