Farmers of the Culo, Miligan and Rizal Agrarian Reform Community (Cumiriz ARC) in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur lauded the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for making their dream come true following the turnover of the P4.6 million farm-to-market road to the local government.
DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang presided the simple rites that saw Molave Mayor Ireneo Glepa thanking DAR in behalf of his constituents. The 1.1-kilometer Culo road project was completed under the joints efforts of the DAR and Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support project (ARISP).
Glepa urged his constituents “to take care of the road by not allowing 10-wheeler trucks or those beyond the roads’ capacity to pass through it.”
Ragandang said that 615 agrarian reform beneficiaries and 181 households in Cumiriz ARC and in the neighboring areas now benefit from the road.
“Farmers used to produce just enough for family consumption, mainly because of the difficulty of transporting farm goods to the market due to poor road condition,” Ragandang added.
DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Arturo Soria said the completion of Culo road will pave the way for the provision of other basic services like health, technology, transportation and education assistance to the rural communities in the area.
“The residents and farmers of Cumiriz ARC could now easily avail of those services now that the community is accessible,” Soria said.
“One of DAR’s mandate is to provide necessary infrastructure facilities to help farmers increase their income and enhance the rural economy,” Ragandang said.