DAR Secretary Breaks Ground for A Farm-to-Market Road
(Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur) --- No storm could dampen the indefatigable spirit of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-ARMM Regional Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan as she led the groundbreaking ceremonies for 6.84-kilometer farm-to-market road on a very rainy afternoon in the agrarian reform community (ARC) of Cabasaran in Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur, July 4.
The project costs PhP62,513,524.02 under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP II) which is part of the 1.013 billion worth of projects poured in Lanao del Sur funded by OPEC Fund for International Development(OFID) through Asian Development Bank(ADB). It will be implemented on a 50%-50% equity between the LGU and ARCP II. This long-term development goal of the Project is to reduce poverty and have sustained improvements in the quality of life of the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the 152 ARCs and 11 cluster ARCs in the 19 provinces of the Philippines.
The farm-to-market road project traverses through the barangays of Pitatanglan-Wago Cabarasan and Wago-Miniros that will benefit 548 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) who have produced more than 5,000 kilos of bell pepper amounting to PhP489,000 from an aggregate land area of 2.5 hectares. A farmer-beneficiary professed that his income would have been 50% higher had his produce been delivered promptly to the market with the presence of a better farm-to-market road.
Cabasaran ARC of Lumbayanague forms part of the Unayan ARC Cluster eyed for potential public-private partnership on agri-enterprise with the Korean Rural Corporation (KRC). The community is also a recipient of the Inclusive Growth for Agricultural Competitiveness (IPAC) project that is also bound to improve access to markets and specifically enhance the competitiveness of smallholder farmers in the targeted ARC clusters.
Lumbayanague Mayor Jamal Asum expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the DAR with this road project and assured its turn-over before ARCP II closes by the end of the year.
Sec. Sangcopan also thanked the mayor in behalf of the ARBs for giving priority to the project. She assured the mayor of the DAR’s support and continued partnership.
The next activity to undertake will be the pre-construction conference with the municipal local government and contractor to brief both parties of the project guidelines and to orient them of their responsibilities.
Also present during the groundbreaking rites were Lumbayanague former mayor, Salamona Asum, LAC Ret. Supt. Arimao Asum, key officials from the municipal and barangay local governments, technical team from DAR-ARMM regional office led by the chief for support service division, Nasir Tumog, DAR-Lanao del Sut Project Management Office with PARO I Badroden Unda representing its provincial project manager PARO II Engr. Mesug nda, M and M Builders and Construction representative, Engr. Arafat Cosainand technical staff from ARCP II provincial project management office of DAR-Lanao del Sur. (By: Rocaina A. Mindalano-Camar, DARPO-Lanao del Sur and Ma. Corazon A. Dans, Regional Communications Group/ Photos by: Rocaina A. Mindalano-Camar)
Lumbayanague Mayor Jamal L. Asum and DAR-ARMM Regional Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan led the groundbreaking rites for the 6.84-km farm-to-market road.
Mayor Asum (left) hands over to Sec. Sangcopan the Certificate of No Objection Letter and receives the Certificate of Availability of Funds from the ARCP 2 Provincial Project Management Office of DAR-Lanao del Sur represented by PARO I Badroden Unda (right).