NEDA gives the green light to DAR’s P28.234 billion bridge project

DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III. (DAR file photo)

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee – Technical Board (ICC-TB) has approved the P28.243 billion bridge project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), which will significantly reduce logistic costs and enhance market access for agrarian reform communities (ARCs).

The project, dubbed “Pang-Agraryong Tulay para saBagong Bayanihan ng mga Magsasaka” or Project PBBM, aims to push countryside progress with the bridge infrastructure that will increase the productivity and income of at least 350,000 households.

DAR Secretary Conrado M. Estrella III said, “The DAR has so far identified and validated 354 possible sites for the bridges following close coordination with the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (DA-BAFE), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and local government units.”

The project is also part of the socio-economic agenda of the Marcos Jr. administration, detailed in the Philippine Development Plan for 2023-2028, he added.

The modular steel bridges aim to enhance mobility for ARCs, providing better logistics support, increased income opportunities, and better access to social services.

DAR Secretary Estrella emphasized that Project PBBM will not only benefit agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) but consumers likewise, owing to the streamlined supply chain and enhanced market connectivity that will be facilitated by these bridges.

This revolutionizing endeavor aligns with President Marcos Jr.’s vision, responding to his call for increased agricultural productivity geared towards economic growth and a better quality of life for the agriculture sector and the nation at large.