VIGAN CITY, July 10 (PIA) - The Department of Agriculture - Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), through its Regional Project Coordination Office in Region 1 (RPCO1), turned over a 10-wheeler hauling truck to its proponent group Cabugao Mango Farmers and Multi-Purpose Association (CMFMPA) on Wednesday in front of the Provincial Capitol, here.
RPCO 1 Focal person and I-SUPPORT Component Head Sharon Viloria said, "This hauling truck will be used to transport mangoes and will give the Mango growers in Cabugao town the opportunity to continue and sustain their enterprises in the midst of the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic."
During the turn-over ceremony, which was attended by Governor Ryan Luis V. Singson and Vice Governor Jeremias Singson, Viloria expressed her gratitude to the provincial government for its generosity in providing additional funds for the procurement of the truck.
"Nag-materialize ito dahil sa pag-supplement ng provincial government doon sa kakulangan na P1.9 milyon pesos para ma-procure itong hauling truck kasi ang original price nito ay P2.7 milyon pero hindi kasi sila makahanap ng ganitong specification with the said cost before kaya ipinakiusap natin sa provincial government na madagdagan ang pondo," she said.
"Very generous si Gov. Ryan Singson at talagang suportado niya ang PRDP dito sa probinsiya," she added.
Aside from the truck, mango growers in Cabugao also received mango packaging center, inputs to production, and picking tools and equipment to improve the mango industry in their locality, according to Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) Officer-In-Charge Aida Tolio.
In the province, CMFMPA is the recipient of the PRDP - Investments for Rural Enterprises, and Agricultural and Fisheries and Productivity (I-REAP) Component, which focuses on developing micro, small and medium enterprises, she added.
In connection to this, Cabugao will be the location of the subproject proposal under the PRDP's Intensified Building-Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development (I-BUILD) component in the Ilocos Region amounting to almost Php200 million pesos, which will also support the mango industry in Ilocos Sur.
"About to start na rin ang Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) sa Cabugao, which is the Rehabilitation of Pug-os, Cabugao-Nagcullooban, Sinait FMR. It will traverse Cabugao and Sinait town at isa ito sa pinakamalaking I-BUILD subproject dito sa Region 1," Viloria added.
The province of Ilocos Sur got the largest portfolio for the Ilocos Region, she added.
The development of the FMR is a great deal to farmers as it will improve the transfer of goods and services to various communities.
"We convince the provincial government na mag-propose pa ng projects dahil marami pa tayong proyekto na pwedeng isakatuparan dito sa probinsiya," she said. (JCR/JMCQ/PIA Ilocos Sur)