Agrarian reform community gets P9.3M in FMR project

FARMERS and residents of an agrarian reform community (ARC) in Valladolid town received almost P9.3 million worth of farm-to-market road (FMR) project from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

The 5.62-kilometer road connects Barangays Bayabas, Alijis and Pacol, the DAR-Negros Occidental II said.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer (Parpo) II Lucrecia Taberna, who led the turn-over rites at Barangay Bayabas on Wednesday, said the project is seen to benefit thousands of residents of the three barangays.

The recipients include farming families of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and other residents of the southern Negros Occidental locality.

Taberna said the people in the community as well as in the nearby villages could now travel conveniently and safely. Also, they can now easily transport their agricultural products to the town proper.

“The rehabilitated road brings hope and big change in the farmers’ way of living as their agriculture commodities would now be easily transported to the markets,” she added.

The FMR was implemented under the agency's Agrarian Reform Communities Project II.

For ARC farmers, the project has provided them better accessibility.
In the past, it took farmers almost three days to bring their agricultural products to the town proper, due to muddy and slippery road, the agency said.

DAR-Western Visayas assistant Director Antonio del Socorro, who was also present at the activity, said the government will continue to deliver various support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries’ organizations.

Del Socorro said these interventions are geared towards helping farmer beneficiaries uplift their standard of living.

“To the ARBs, practice strong sense of ownership to preserve and protect the project for the next generation,” he urged. (EPN)