CAOAYAN, ILOCOS SUR— The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently launched the construction of the P23.9 million Tamurong-North Basuagao-Don Alejandro Quirolgico road and turned over P 6.7 million worth of post-harvest facilities here.
DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes said that these projects will help farmers increase their income. “We expect that with these infrastructures, farmers’ lives as well as the economic activities in Caoayan, will improve,” said De los Reyes.
According to DAR Regional Director Antonio Evangelista, the 6-kilometer Tamurong-North Basuagao-Don Alejandro Quirolgico farm-to-market road will cover four barangays namely Villamar, Nansuagao, Tamurong and Alejandro Quirolgico.
“This farm-to-market road will reduce travel time and transportation cost of agricultural commodities in the four barangyas of Caoayan,” said Evangelista.
The DAR also turned-over a post-harvest facilities in Nansuagao worth P6.7 million. The facilities, consists of a warehouse, a solar dryer and an office for the farmers and members of the Nansuagao Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
“The land acquisition and distribution scope of Region 1 is almost completed. With these [infrastructure projects], I’m pushing for more programs to benefit farmer-beneficiaries not only within the agrarian reform communities (ARCs) but also the farmers in non-ARC areas,” said De los Reyes.
The projects are implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Project (ARISP) and funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).