P411-M Infra Projects To Boost CARP Farmers’ Lives

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dar web news pix 1 sept. 13 2013Efforts by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to uplift the standard of living of the farmers shift to high gear as the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP) has approved 19 irrigation and farm-to-market road projects worth P411.1-million to be implemented in various agrarian reform communities (ARCs) nationwide.

Agrarian Reform Assistant Secretary Dennis Barrantes, who chaired the National Sub-Project Approval Committee (NSAC), said they gave emphasis on the economic value of the projects towards the farmers particularly those in areas covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“The body realized that these projects are badly needed by the farmers in rural areas to improve the quality of their lives. For instance, the San Isidro ARC’s rice fields are heavily dependent on rain and the road leading to their farms is hardly passable by vehicles,” Barrantes said.

Regional Director Eliasem Castillo said the regions that will benefit from the infrastructure projects, consisting of 11 irrigation facilities and eight (8) farm-to-market roads, are Regions 4-B, 5, 8 and 9 to be funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB).
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Irrigation projects that are approved for implementation in Region-8 are the construction of the Bunacan Communal Irrigation Project in San Isidro, Leyte, and of the Cagnocot Communal Irrigation Project in Villaba, Leyte; and the rehabilitation of Tabunok and the Tagbawto Communal Irrigation Systems both in Hilongos, Leyte. The total cost for these projects is P135.2-million.

Meanwhile, three farm-to-market road projects are for implementation in two Leyte towns and one in Eastern Samar with combined cost of P49.7-million.

Barrantes said the town of San Isidro got two projects, an irrigation project and the rehabilitation of the 1.74-kilometer Bawod-Paril farm-to-market road.

He added that two more farm-to-market road projects are approved. There are construction of the 2.8-kilometer Capirawan-Gacao-Canhidoc-Arado road in Palo, Leyte and the Concreting of the 4.4-kilometer Cagaut-Cantomoja-Camanga-Carapdapan road in Salcedo, Eastern Samar.

Other members of NSAC include DAR Assistant Secretary Herminia Fe San Juan and representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Public Works and Highways, Environment and Natural Resources, Budget and Management, Finance, National Irrigation Administration, National Commission on Indigenous People, Municipal Development Fund Office and the National Economic Development Authority.