THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P914.4 million for sugarcane farm-to-mill road projects following the submission of a detailed list of projects and program of works by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
The funds will cover the implementation of 43 farm-to-mill road projects, also called sugarcane FMR, in nine regions nationwide. The DBM said 24 projects will be implemented in Negros Island, which account for half of the country’s total sugar production.
The sugarcane FMR projects are mandated by the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015.
The DBM said the funds were released to the Department of Public Works and Highways DPWH) pursuant to Special Provision No. 2 of the Budgetary Support to Government Corporations-SRA.
Special Provision No. 2 also states that the SRA shall ensure that the projects will connect existing block farms to the mill districts, and that these roads are geo-tagged. The SRA shall also submit quarterly reports on the utilization of funds and status of implementation supported by pre-construction and post-construction geo-tagged photos. These reports shall also be posted on the SRA website.
The DBM said the longest road under the project has a length of 6.5 kilometers, with the highest allocation of P77.195 million. It will be built in the Municipality of Maramag, Bukidnon.
The second longest road project is also in Bukidnon, with an allocation of P71.065 million. It will be built in the Municipality of Quezon.