Lambunao, Iloilo -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over to the Lambunao local government unit (LGU) the concreted of JNR Agsirab to bagongbong to sitio Agdalusan farm-to-market road project to improve the economic well-being of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in AGSIBAGO Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) here.
DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina L. Bistoyong led the turnover ceremony held in Barangay Caguisanan, transferring the management and maintenance of the 7.04-kilometer all-weather road from JNR –Agsirab-bagongbong-sitio Agdalusan road to the Lambunao.
Bistoyong said, aside from providing support services, a total development approach must be provided to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) such as insurance and capital for planting with 6.5 % interest from the Land Bank of the Philippines to increase the ARBs agricultural production and family income.
She said the JNR –Agsirab-bagongbong-sitio Agdalusan farm to market road was implemented to benefit a total of 175 agrarian reform beneficiaries and indigenous peoples (IPs) from neighboring barangays.
Bistoyong reminded the recipients to manage and maintain the infrastructure in good condition to avoid the financial grant from being reverted to loan.
OIC- Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Sally A. Paulin said the P57,630,903.00 total project cost of the 7.04 kilometers road shared by the Provincial Government of Iloilo and the DAR under the Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 (ARCP 2) grant, now on its second phase.
In his acceptance message, Lambunao Mayor Jason R. Gonzales thanked the DAR for the convenience and advantage that the project would bring to his constituents especially in making the area accessible to other barangays and thus opening it up other livelihood opportunities to the residents in the area.
Antonio Gascon Lacupa , tribal leader of Lambunao Bukidnon IPs Organization in Barangay Caguisanan thanked the DAR and expressed his gratitude to the Provincial Government of Iloilo and Lambunao LGU for implementing the road project.
Reynaldo Lavilla, 74 years from Sitio Agdalusan, Lambunao said transporting their goods to the market before was very tough. Now, it will be much easier, our travel time will be shortened,” he added.
The turn-over ceremony was attended by 3rd District of Iloilo Congressman Arthur R. Defensor, Jr., Iloilo Gov. Arthur R. Defensor, Sr., Lambunao Acting-Vice Mayor Cesar Gonzales, Assistant Regional Director Florentino D. Seladan, OIC-PARPO Sally A. Paulin of Iloilo, Lambunao MARPO Bernadette H. Hisu-an, Agsirab Punong Barangay Wennie L. Catedrilla, Bagongbong Punong Barangay Dhonald C. Agustino, Jayubo Punong Barangay Jeffrey G. Latoza and Caguisanan Punong Barangay Rogelio B. Pastolero.
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