Farmers and residents of the agrarian reform community in Valladolid town, Negros Occidental, received P9.3 million in farm-to-market road projects from the Department of Agrarian Reform recently.
The 5.620-kilometer road connects Barangay Bayabas to barangays Alijis and Pacol.
Provincial Agrarian Reform program officer II, Lucrecia Taberna, who led the turnover rites in Barangay Bayabas Wednesday, said the project is seen to benefit thousands of residents of the three barangays, including the farming families of agrarian reform beneficiaries and residents of southern Negros Occidental.
Taberna said the people in barangays Bayabas, Alijis, and Pacol and in nearby barangays can now travel conveniently and safely, and easily transport their agricultural products to the town proper.
“The rehabilitated road brings hope and big changes in the farmers’ way of living as their agriculture products will now be easily transported to the markets,” she added.
For ARC farmers, it is now easy for them to pass through the road. In the past, it took farmers almost three days to bring their agricultural products to the town proper, due to muddy and slippery roads.
DAR-6 assistant regional director Antonio del Socorro, who was present at the activity, said the department will continue to deliver various support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations.
These interventions are geared towards helping farmer beneficiaries uplift their standard of living, del Socorro said.
“To the ARBs, practice a strong sense of ownership to preserve and protect the project for the next generation,” he said.
Del Socorro also appealed to the local government of Valladolid to help the agency maintain the road since this will serve as a gateway of the Dolidnons towards progress and development.
The FMR was implemented under the Agrarian Reform Communities Project II.*
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