TINGLAYAN, Kalinga, May 17 (PIA) - - The newly completed farm-to-market road (FMR) in this municipality is seen to open opportunities especially for farmers who are expected to maximize the utilization of their farms and increase production as they can now transport easily their products to the markets.
Department of Agriculture (DA) OIC-Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey turned over to the beneficiaries on May 14 the completed P37.7 million-worth rehabilitated Mallango-Sumadel-Belong-Man-ubal FMR under the DA-Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management Program (DA-INREMP).
Mayor Sacrament Gumilab led other municipal and barangay officials and community beneficiaries in accepting the completed project dubbed as the biggest project implemented under the infrastructure component of the DA-INREMP.
Odsey said this road development is a priority geared towards ending poverty and where the interplay of economic, social, and environmental development will be improved and sustained.
The FMR with a total length of 5.8 kilometers will directly benefit 420 households in the service areas namely Mallango, Sumadel 1, Sumadel 2, Belong and Man-ubal, of which 95% is engaged in farming.
It will also provide easy access and ensure safe and faster travel with less chances of meeting accident because of slippery and risky road. It will also benefit students going to school.
Odsey encouraged beneficiaries not to be dependent to the government and instead continue the unity and bayanihan values innate among Filipinos in order to sustain all the projects given to them especially during this time of pandemic.
Gumilab, on the other hand, congratulated everyone who has been part of the successful implementation of the subproject. He reiterated that the maintenance of the FMR is not only dependent to the municipal and barangay officials but it is also the obligation of all Lower Tinglayan populace. He encouraged them to continue helping each other and not to waste the opportunities given to them. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga with reports and photos from DA-CAR INREMP)