Farmers from the remote villages of Lopez town in Quezon province received P53.6 million worth of basic infrastructure projects through the combined efforts of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the town’s local government. Officials from DAR, JICA and Lopez town’s local government turned over the newly built 5.4-kilometer Cogorin-Mabanban farm-to-market road, a bridge and six units of potable water supply system in a simple turnover ceremony held in the remote village of Santo Niño also in Lopez. Also, the officials lead the groundbreaking ceremony of the pump irrigation project that could irrigate about 50 hectare of farmlands after its construction. DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Jerry Pacturan said the Cogorin-Mabanban FMR now connects the MSS Agrarian Reform Community to the adjoining barangays of Lopez and is expected to boost economic activities in the area. The six potable water systems, on the other hand are expected to provide safe and clean drinking water to some 150 households from barangays Santo Niño and neighboring Ilaya village.


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