BORONGAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) - The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) through the Department of Agriculture 8 is building a concrete road to connect two Eastern Samar barangays on May 28.
The concrete structure will connect Brgy. Maytigbao, Maydolong and Brgy. Balogo, Balangkayan in Eastern Samar.
The PRDP of the agriculture department through the World Bank funded the 1.77-kilometer road with a budget of P33-M.
This will provide an easier way to transport the farmers products from Brgy. Maytigbao Maydolong, Eastern Samar to Brgy. Balogo Balangkayan, Eastern Samar and vice versa, according to a farmer.
Ariel Aporto, a resident and a farmer from Brgy. Maytigbao, Maydolong, Eastern Samar said that he is very thankful to the Department of Agriculture and Governor Ben Evardone for making the project possible.
"This improvement of the farm-to-market road will make the transportation of our products like vegetables easier to the market, this project is very useful to us farmers in our barangay, it will also inspire us to produce more" Aporto said.
DA Regional Director Angel Enriquez congratulated Governor Ben Evardone for the project and for preparing the province's food security plan and community investment plan.
"For so many years, we have been dreaming to have FMRs that will improve the delivery of agricultural and social services," Maydolong Mayor Godofredo T. Garado said.
"We thank Secretary William D. Dar who tirelessly push for the building of more roads to benefit the poor, usher in development, and help end insurgency," commented Balangkayan Mayor Allan Contado.
Representative Maria Fe Abunda also urged DA to pour in more agricultural support to the province.
Gov. Ben Evardone asked RD Enriquez to help his province "so we can build more FMRs that will further increase productivity, augment farm income and generate more jobs."
The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) is a national project under the Department of Agriculture (DA) that aims to establish a modern, value chain-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector. (Reden D. Tangara and NB Quirante/PIA E. Samar)