KANANGA, LEYTE—Efforts to enhance the economic activity in Leyte got a big boost as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) completed and turned over a 3.8-kilometer farm-to-market road in Barangay Masarayao in this municipality.
DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso said the P21.2 million road project will connect Barangay Masarayao to the national highway which extends up to Sitio Toril.
“Roads are vital components in the department’s drive to spur rural development in agrarian reform communities,” Enciso said.
According to Enciso, some 3,000 residents in the area, where 737 are agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs), are expected to benefit directly from this project.
Residents from the interior barangays of Ormoc also prefer to pass by this route as they find it more comfortable traveling through this concreted road.
Present during the road turnover was Barangay Chairwoman Clarita Cuizon, who is also a farmer. Cuizon said that hauling of their products for trading becomes easier and cheaper now that their road is concreted.
“Before, the 19-kilometer ride from Masarayao to the trading center costs us P60.00. Now that the road is cemented, the public utility jeeps (PUJ) which ply the area, now charge us P40.00 only instead of the old fare of P60.00,” said Cuizon.
The farm-to-market road project was implemented under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP).