THE government began mobilizing on Wednesday a P16-million farm-to-market road (FMR) project that will connect three “mountain barangays” in the town of San Andres, Catanduanes province.
The “mountain road,” to be constructed from Barangay San Isidro, will pass through the high terrains in Sitio Mayngaway and connect to Barangay Calmagon on the other side.
Regional Director Luis Bueno Jr. of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Bicol and San Andres Mayor Peter Cua led the groundbreaking rite that marked the start of the construction of the 2.8-kilometer road project recently.
The project will be completed within five months.
“This road will be a big help for residents and farmers, most of whom are agrarian-reform beneficiaries of CARP [Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program]. After construction of the road they will no longer cross small river tributaries to get from San Isidro to Mayngaway and Calamagon,” Bueno said.
San Andres lies in one of the rugged mountains of Catanduanes. It is surrounded by Mayngaway River, which breaks into small tributaries that spread throughout San Andres town.
“Here in Barangay San Isidro, farmers and residents have to cross six or more of these small tributaries to get to the next barangay or town,” Bueno said.
Bueno said during summer, water in these tributaries is ankle-deep up to mid-calf. But during the rainy season, the river swells and water level reaches knee-deep up to an adult person’s waist.
“The road that the DAR is constructing is situated along the mountain, but above these tributaries. This road will save time, money and even save their lives because waters in these tributaries are dangerous during the typhoon season, especially to schoolchildren,” Bueno said.
Cua promised his constituents that when the road is completed his office will sponsor a free vehicle ride to and from the area every day to help ease their transportation fare, especially the students.
Bueno said the completion of this mountain road will pave the way for the provision of other basic services like health, technology, transportation and educational assistance to the rural barangays of San Andres.