Farmers and residents of the agrarian reform community of Barangay Caningay in Candoni, Negros Occidental, received from the Department of Agrarian Reform the concreted 3.15-kilometer farm-to-market road traversing Sitio Cantacson in Brgy. Caningay to Sitio Lower Magca in Brgy. Balikutok, Wednesday.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Lucrecia Taberna said the FMR project, worth P9.25 million, will benefit the farming families of 194 agrarian reform beneficiaries as well as residents of Candoni town.
“The rough and hilly road is now passable. The concreted road now brings hope and big changes in the farmers’ way of living as their agri-products would now be easily transported to the markets,” Taberna said.
Farmers of the ARC said it is now easy to pass through the road even as it rains, as the road has already been cemented.
Meanwhile, assistant regional director Antonio Del Socorro, who also led the turnover ceremony, said that DAR will continue to deliver various support services to ARBOs that can help uplift their standard of living.
Del Socorro also appealed to the farmers and residents of Candoni to practice a strong sense of ownership to preserve and protect the project for the next generation.
The turnover ceremony was led by Del Socorro, Taberna, and CARPO Edna Villaruel, with officials of Candoni and Brgy. Caningay, faculty and staff of Cantacson Elementary School, Municipal Reform Program officer Ma. Victoria Lanuza, members of the Caningay Agrarian Reform Cooperative, residents of Brgy. Caningay, and other DAR personnel.
The FMR was implemented under the Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2, and was turned over to the local government of Candoni and to Barangay Caningay, Wednesday.*
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