THE ongoing construction of three road networks worth P36.7 million in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat will benefit no less than 1,000 households, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
Amalia Jayag-Datukan, executive director of DA Region12 said the three farm-to-market road (FMR) projects are funded under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), the scaled-up version of the Mindanao Rural Development Program.
The road projects include the concreting of Purok 2-San Martin FMR in Barangay Kudanding (95 percent completed; P18.6 million); concreting of Tayugo-Paladong FMR (38 percent completed; P 17.8 million); and concreting of Bual-Talitay FMR (30 percent completed; P16.2 million).
The concreting of the roads has been identified as a top priority of the local government unit given the critical role of FMRs in spurring agricultural growth.
“Since the 1970s, the accessibility of these roads has been a problem especially during the rainy season when the trails are not passable even to motorcycles and tricycles,” said Isulan Mayor Diosdado Pallasigue.
Cesar Falle, Barangay captain of Kudanding village, said that since the 1970s these roads have been almost impassable and farmers always had a hard time bringing their products to the market.
Because of these inaccessible roads, Falle added that they used to spend P40 for every sack of rice to be hauled to the market.
“But now, the roads have been improved and it is now easier and cheaper for us to transport our products. As a result, the income of farmers have improved,” Falle shared.
Pallasigue said that they are happy for these development interventions and at the same time proud for being the first recipient of infrastructure projects under the PRDP.