Northern Mindanao has completed over 21 kilometers of farm-to-market roads (FMRs) amounting to P53.15 million pesos benefitting over 3,000 farming households in the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental.

While a frontload of other infrastructures will soon be completed including 33 kilometers of FMRs and a potable water system (PWS) amounting to over P58 million.

The projects were undertaken under Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) implemented under the Department of Agriculture (DA). DA-MRDP is a long-term poverty alleviation program that covers 225 of the 420 towns across Mindanao jointly funded by WB, national and local governments, and project proponents.

Farmer beneficiaries have expressed gratitude over the completed projects implemented by the local government.

Following Northern Mindanao in the implementation is Caraga region with P31.08 mllion worth of completed projects covering close to 20 kilometers FMR and one unit PWS. Region 12 has completed 19 kilometers of road with a total investment of P23 million. Region 11 has spent P14 million for its PWS and bridge projects while region 9 and ARMM has spent a total of P7.93 million and P3.2 million respectively all for FMR projects.

The loan portfolio amounts to US$83 million from the World Bank plus the funding share from the national and local government units.

with article by Sherwin B. Manual of Business Week Mindanao

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