MORE progress is expected following the upgrading of the 15.012-kilometer farm to market road subproject in the municipality of Binuangan, Misamis Oriental. It provides direct market linkage of various agricultural produce in the locality and its neighboring areas.

The Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit -10 (DA RFU- 10) represented by Regional Technical Director Constancio C. Maghanoy Jr. recently turned-over the completed upgrading of Binuangan Farm to Market Road subproject under DA’s Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector (InfRES) project to the Local Government Unit of Binuangan through Mayor Tomas R. Gumahin on January 18, 2011 at Binuangan, Misamis Oriental .
The DA-InfRES project and the municipality of Binuangan implemented the upgrading of the Farm to Market Road last October, 2008 and completed last December 15, 2010. The subproject has a total length of 15.012 km. comprising 3 segments: the Dampias-Nabataan-Valdeconcha has a total length of 6.239 km; Mabini-Kitambis-Kibungtud totaling to 5.126 km.; and Mosangot-Valdeconcha-Kumagaykay-Kitamban with a total length of 3.647 km. This links the municipality’s hinterland barangays network into the provincial road of the municipality.

The municipality of Binuangan has been privileged to have been extended financial assistance for the upgrading of the FMR. The total project cost P 23,161,413.88 of which 50% of the total cost in the amount of Eleven Million Five Hundred Eighty Thousand Seven Hundred Six and 94/100 pesos (P11,580,706.94) was funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Philippines thru DA funded 22.3% or Five Million One Hundred Sixty Four Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety Five and 29/100 pesos (P5,164,995.29) and the 27.7% beneficiary counterpart of Six Million Four Hundred Sixteen Thousand Seven Hundred Eleven and 65/100 pesos (P6,416,711.65)) was shouldered by the local government unit of Binuangan as their equity.

The project aims to ensure that services are delivered to the farmers of the connecting barangays and provide easy access to transport agricultural commodities.

It is further expected that more economic opportunities will thrive in the area and link to better priced markets, job opportunities and increase farm-family income and better quality social services.

In his message, RTD Maghanoy was thankful that said project was finally done. He congratulated the recipients that despite of the meager income of the municipality they were able to construct such project. He challenged the whole community especially the Barangay Captains and their constituents that each of them should take full responsibility for the maintenance of said project since it is them who will benefit from it.

In his acceptance speech, Mayor Gumahin expressed his gratitude for the assistance DA has extended to them of which their municipality have longed desire to alleviate poverty in the rural areas.

He noted that without DA’s help, their municipality wouldn’t be able to come up with the facilities considering that their area is labeled as sixth class municipality. “Said intervention is timely because it helps facilitate agricultural production in the countryside,” Gumahin said.

The five Barangay Captains present gratefully accepted the project with the promise that they will do their best to maintain it in order to realize the long-term benefits of the subproject to ensure sustainability as it will be of great help to them to boost their productivity as well as access to markets in other areas.

Said activity was also graced by Vice Mayor Elvie Ty, Municipal Sangguniang Bayan members and staff of Binuangan, Barangay Captains, local residents, RAED Chief Engr. Pedro Bergado Jr., Engrs. Rizalino del Socorro and Rhyan Vor Villarosa of InfRES Zonal office, and ALEBON Construction representative.

PHOTO: CUTTING of ribbon to formally turn-over the Farm to Market Road to LGU Binuangan. Mayor Tomas Gumahin assisted by Vice Mayor Elvie Ty, DA RTD Constancio C. Maghanoy Jr., Alebon Construction representative, Engr. Rizalino del Socorro and members of the Sangguniang Bayan.

article from Business Week Mindanao

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