Misamis Oriental Farmers Receive Road Project From DAR

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dar web news pix may 22 2014 400Farmers of Balingoan municipality, are the latest beneficiary of the P40.5 million farm-to-market road project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

DAR Regional Director Felix Aguhob recently turned over to the local government of Baliongan the 6.3-kilometer paved road covering three barangays namely Bauk-Bauk, Kabangasan and Mapua.

Aguhob said that the old rough road was very narrow with just a meter wide “which made it very hard for farmers and residents to traverse especially during rainy season when the roads become slippery with thick mud.”

Farmer Lydia Balaguit of Barangay Mapua gave a sigh of relief for the construction of the road saying that it is now safer for them to go to the market and nearby towns. “During rainy season, we dreaded going to the market because it is very slippery walking in mud. Plus, the narrowness of the road and the mud increases travel time and expenses. When the rains are heavy, vehicles plying the old road will charge us double.”

According to Aguhob, around 3,000 residents, including farmers and their families, are now being serviced by the two-lane cemented road. “Now it’s faster and a lot easier to go from their homes to the nearby towns and market center,” Aguhob said.

The farm-to-market road project was jointly funded by the Philippine government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and implemented by the DAR and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).