THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), turned over P320.8 million infrastructure projects in the Caraga Region as part of the country’s rural development program.
The projects include farm-to-market roads, irrigation program, bridges, potable water system, warehouse, solar dryer, school buildings, health center and post-harvest facilities.
DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said the development of Caraga Region, one of the poorest regions in the country, aims to reduce the incidence of poverty and raise the standard of living of farmers.
“Caraga, whose residents consists mainly of farmers and fishermen, will greatly benefit from these infrastructure facilities. These [infra projects]will enhance the rural economy and in the process, create job opportunities in the region,” Mambuay said.
Among the projects that were turned over recently were farm-warehouse and post-harvest facilities in Tubod town in Surigao del Norte; Libas and Jabonga towns in Agusan del Norte and Tagbabapsa in Remedios Trinidad Romualdez, Agusan del Norte.
Last month, the Level II Pump in Doña Carmen, and Level II Pump in San Jose, both in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur were completed and turned over to the local government units (LGUs) and farmer beneficiaries in the two areas.
The road projects with corresponding bridges in the four areas of Tagbina were already completed while the Phase II Marga-Hubasan road concreting project also in Tagbina is ongoing.
“These projects are all under phase three of DAR’s Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Projects [ARISP III] and funded by JICA. Other ARISP projects are still ongoing to beat their target timeline,” Mambuay said.