President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated today the 1.9 kilometer farm-to-market road here, increasing to 17,000 kilometers the farm-to-market road that has been constructed by the Arroyo administration.

Accompanied by Laguindingan Mayor Oliver Ubaub, Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, the president led the inaugural drive-through at the Poblacion-Gasi-Libery-San Isidro farm-to-market road.

“You are very lucky. You have your airport and now farm-to-market roads that will make the transport of your farm produce faster, more efficient and easier,” the president said.

The project will directly benefit four barangays composed of 2,003 households with farms planted to bananas (600 hectares), mango (177 has.), coconut (210 has.), and corn (360 has.).

Total project cost was pegged at P1.65 million—with the Department of Agriculture shelling-out P1.5 million and the local government unit with P150,000.

Some 118 jobs were generated by the project, including that of Mario Quilab, 35 years old, who was hired as a spotter during the construction of the farm-to-market road.

Yap, in his project briefing, said the president ordered in 2006 that “30 percent of all resources goes to boosting agribusiness.”

For his part, Mayor Ubaub said the project will improve the lives of the farmers. More so, with his “Gulayan sa Barangay” project where every household will have some 200 square meters planted to high value crops.

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