THE government is pouring about P108.920 million worth of various infrastructure projects in Zamboanga del Norte this year to boost the province’s economic development, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced on Friday.
Zamboanga del Norte remains one of the country’s poorest provinces, according to documents from the DAR.
The DAR said in a statement on March 20 that its officials expect farmers in Zamboanga del Norte to enjoy greater economic opportunities as soon as it partners with the Asian Development Bank for the various projects in support of the country’s sustainable rural development program.
The projects are in various stages of development, some of which were already set in motion last month, the statement said.
The statement identified these projects as including the concreting of four farm-to-market roads in the municipalities of Siocon, Labason, Manukan and Sindangan, and the construction of the Panabutan communal irrigation in Sirawai.
The bidding for the projects will be conducted in the ensuing weeks, after which construction will start immediately, DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang said.
According to Ragandang, the development of Zamboanga del Norte, being one of the poorest provinces 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 fisherfolk, 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.
The infrastructure projects under DAR’s Agrarian Reform Community Project will cover 19 agrarian-reform communities. (Jonathan L. Mayuga)