The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has turned over some P53.6-million worth of basic infrastructure projects to farmers of the MSS Agrarian Reform Community in Quezon province.
In a statement, DAR Under-secretary for support services Jerry Pacturan said the projects include the 5.4-kilometer Cogorin-Mabanban farm-to-market road with bridge, six units of potable water supply systems.
Pacturan said that the P40.6-million Cogorin-Mabanban road now connects the MSS ARC to the adjoining barangays of Lopez, and is expected to boost business activities in town.
“This road with bridge will pave the way for the provision of other basic services like health, technology, transportation and education assistance to the rural communities along the farm-to-market road. The residents and farmers of MSS ARC could now easily avail of those services now that the community is accessible,” he added.
“These projects are significant in achieving progress in rural communities. These [facilities]are not only implemented to make life easier for Quezon farmers but also to sustain the development of their communities,” said Pacturan.
Also, six potable water systems worth P513,374 were extended to 150 households in barangays Santo Nino and Ilaya to provide them with safe and clean drinking water.
DAR Regional Project Manager Erlinda Pearl Armada said that the residents lack potable drinking water, noting that the water that they get from their wells was not fit for drinking.
“During the summer these wells become dry. They have to go to the lowlands to buy drinking water which adds up to their daily expenses,” said Armada.
Meanwhile, Armada said that a pump irrigation project worth P12.5 million has already started construction, which can irrigate around 46 hectares of rice land.
“This irrigation system will greatly help farmers double their income as they can maximize rice production to three cropping seasons, unlike before when they relied heavily on rainwater,” she said.
These infrastructure projects were jointly sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and DAR and implemented under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (Arisp).