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P68M bridge, FMR benefit North Cotabato farmers

November 20, 2020 - Friday 8:11 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image PAVED ROAD. The new nine-kilometer farm-to-market road and bridge covering Barangays Cadiis and Macabenban in Carmen, North Cotabato was inaugurated on Thursday (Nov. 19, 2020). Provincial agrarian reform officer Reynaldo Anfone, Carmen Mayor Moises Arendain, North Cotabato Vice Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, and project manager Eduardo Suaybaguio (inset) led the ribbon-cutting of the PHP68.9-million project. (Photo courtesy of DAR-North Cotabato)

COTABATO CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over a PHP68.9-million bridge and farm-to-market road project Thursday afternoon, benefiting farmers in Carmen town's remote villages, North Cotabato.

Engr. Reynaldo Anfone, provincial agrarian reform program officer, said the project included the rehabilitation of a nine-kilometer farm-to-market road with the Negan bridge covering Barangays Cadiis and Macabenban.

“We understand the predicament of our farmers in bringing their farm products to the market during harvest time, most especially during the rainy season,” Anfone said, adding the project is under the Mindanao Sustainable, Agrarian, and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) Project.

In the past, he said that the difficult roads in the area cost stiff transportation expenses that added to the farmers' burden.

“Now, the farmers will no longer worry traversing about bumpy and slippery roads going to the market,” he said.

Norola Aliudin, the chairperson of Cadiis village, said the farmers’ reaction was visibly obvious and that they all volunteered to plant trees beside the road to prevent soil erosion.

This project, according to Aliudin, would encourage farmers to produce and earn more.

“We are grateful for entrusting the maintenance of the project to us. We assure you that we will take good care of it by planting trees along the roadside, especially those in the sloppy portions to prevent erosion,” Aliudin said.

Carmen Mayor Moises Arendain, North Cotabato Vice-Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza, Rep. Jose Tejada also vowed to provide the necessary assistance to make farmers even more productive.

DAR implemented the project in close collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Highways and the local government of Carmen. Edwin Fernandez