The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has turned over to barangays in Camarines Norte sub-projects worth P25 million, including such infrastructure projects as concreting farm-to-market roads (FMRs), aimed at trimming down farmers' travel hours and cost of fare when transporting their produce to market centers.
Under its Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP), the DAR recently turned over nine of the 58 sub-projects under which funds from the second phase of the ARCP are utilized, according to a statement by the agency.
Begun in March 2009, the second phase of the ARCP, as funded by the Asian Development Bank and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, is aimed at alleviating poverty among agrarian reform communities in terms of income and living standards.
The barangays to benefit from the recent turnover are Matacong, San Ramon, and San Isidro in San Lorenzo Ruiz; Barangay San Felipe in Basud and Barangay Malancao-Basud in Labo.
In its statement, DAR Regional Director Luis B. Bueno, Jr. said the sub-projects include concreting of five FMRs with an aggregate length of three kilometers. These FMRs are specifically the P2 Matacong FMR, San Ramon P1 to P2 FMR, Matacong-San Isidro FMR Extension, San Felipe-Mantugawe FMR, and Malancao-Basud P6 to P7 FMR.
He added that the four social infrastructure projects include the San Ramon Multi-Purpose Pavement/Solar Dryer and Day Care Centers of Barangays San Ramon, Matacong and San Isidro in San Lorenzo Ruiz.
Mr. Bueno said the projects “are anchored on the improvement of agricultural production to boost farmers’ income and for the schoolchildren to have a decent place where they can conduct their preliminary education.”
“The concreting of roads is expected to benefit 1,500 agrarian reform beneficiaries in three municipalities. The travel hours will be trimmed down by half an hour and decrease the cost of fare to transporting public,” Mr. Bueno was quoted as saying in the statement.