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PhP657M foreign-assisted agri reform infra projects completed in W. Visayas

radyo natinILOILO CITY — Around P657 million worth of foreign-assisted agrarian reform infrastructure projects were completed in Western Visayas as of December 2016, according to the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) 6.

These projects were fully funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). DAR-6 program beneficiaries development division chief Mercy A. Lagaña said that the projects covered 52 sub-projects in 15 agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in the region.

Specifically, they composed of 25 farm-to-market roads (FMRs) amounting to P407.2 million; 14 irrigation projects at P85.4 million; 11 post-harvest facilities, P23.7 million; three potable water supply projects, P11.4 million and three bridges at P54.9 million.

Lagaña stressed that these projects were for the thousands of agrarian reform beneficiaries and community residents where they were implemented.

She particularly mentioned about the projects carried out in Pandan, Antique which provided access to seven highland barangays and parts of the province of Aklan.

"In case of illnesses and emergencies, the barangays can easily access assistance from the nearest town. We have made a difference in the lives of these people in the hinterlands," she added.

Based on the sustainability planning and assessment conducted last April, Lagaña said that DAR-6 has showcased an "outstanding accomplishment for the implementation of the projects."

"We have implemented the projects efficiently and effectively because all of these projects are now operational," she said.

This year, DAR-6 is implementing another five foreign-assisted rural infrastructure projects in the municipalities of Bingawan, Lambunao, Barotac Viejo, Dumangas and San Rafael, all in Iloilo province.

These projects are all in the form of farm-to-market roads (FMR) with bridges amounting to P238.2 million, funded by the Asian Development Bank.

Lagaña said that these projects have an average completion rate of 70 percent.

"Hopefully by the end of December of this year, all these FMR projects will be completed because we are already fast-tracking these projects," she added. (PNA)— KBAPI

Source: https://www.radyonatin.com/story.php?storyid=19332

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