Mayor says PhP36.7-M FMRs in Sultan Kudarat to spur agri growth

February 6, 2015 12:44 am 

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat, Feb. 5 –- Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue said the farm to market road (FMR) projects here funded by Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) and implemented by the Department of Agriculture (DA-12) will spur massive agricultural growth.

Pallasigue said the good thing about PRDP projects was the local government helped in identifying priority projects. He said the road concreting has been identified as a top priority of the local government given its critical role in spurring agricultural growth.

“The accessibility of these roads has long been problematic especially during rainy season where the trails are not passable even to motorcycles and tricycles since the 1970s,” Pallasigue said.

Among the barangay beneficiary was far-flung Barangay Kudanding in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat.

Cesar Falle, Kudanding village chair, agreed on Mayor Pallasigue’s statement.

”Since 1970s, these roads were impassable. Farmers here were hard up to bring our products to market due to worst and flooded road condition,” Falle said. “By the time we reach the market, our products are already wet and we end up losers.”

”Because of these inaccessible roads, he added, we incur additional charges of about Php40 per sack of palay,” he added.

”With the well-paved road network now, our income has increased and hauler trucks from the town center can now come to our farmlands, before we bring our products to the market, now traders come here due to better road network,” Falle said.

In Filipino, Falle said: “It was just a dream years ago, now this is it, we have a road network, beside we received so many postharvest facilities from DA.”

Pallasigue said it was only now that Isulan received assistance from the government “and we are glad our town was the first recipient of PRDP projects.”

Isulan, a first class municipality in Sultan Kudarat with a population of 86,602, is the provincial capital and the province’s rice granary.

About 2,000 hectares of farmland, mostly planted to rice and 1,000 households start to benefit from the on-going construction of three road networks amounting to Php36.7 million.

Amalia Jayag-Datukan, DA-12 executive director, said these road projects are funded under PRDP, the upscale version of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP).

PRDP is a six-year government platform designed for an inclusive, value chain-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector implemented by DA and jointly funded by the World Bank, national government and local government units.

The government and the World Bank signed PRDP’s Php27.5 billion loan-and-grant agreement on September 8, 2014. The financial package was intended for rural infrastructure as well as small business and livelihood projects for farmers and fisher folks in the Philippines, which aims to raise rural incomes and alleviate poverty.

The FMRs include the concreting of Purok 2 – San Martin FMR (95 percent completed) in Barangay Kudanding amounting to Php18.6-M; concreting of Barangay Tayugo to Paladong FMR (38 percent completed) amounting to Php17.8-M; and concreting of Barangays Bual to Barangay Talitay FMR (30 percent completed) costing Php16.2-M.

These road projects were visited by the World Bank on January 27 as part of the team’s review mission in the kick-off implementation of PRDP in Soccsksargen Region. (PNA)

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