DAR pours P108.92-M infra projects in Zambo Norte

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march 24 2014 ragandangAgrarian beneficiaries in Zamboanga del Norte will soon enjoy greater economic opportunities as the government in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), pours various rural infrastructure projects in support of the country’s sustainable rural development program.

The P108.92-million project include the concreting of four farm-to-market roads in the municipalities of Siocon, Labason, Manukan, Sindangan and the construction of the Panabutan communal irrigation in Sirawai.

Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Regional Director Julita Ragandang said the development of Zamboanga del Norte, being one of the poorest province in the country, aims to reduce the incidence of poverty and raise the standard of living of farmers.

“Zamboanga del Norte, whose residents consists mainly of farmers and fisher folks, will greatly benefit from these infrastructure facilities. These [infra projects] will enhance the rural economy and in the process, create job opportunities in the province,” Ragandang said.

These infrastructure projects is under DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP) and will cover 19 agrarian reform communities in Zamboanga del Norte.

Ragandang added that the continuing support provided by the ADB and other partners in the donor community “is a testament to the capability and credibility of DAR to implement large-scale development projects under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).”