MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur, June 20 – The farm-to-market road concreting amounting to P72-million in a remote village here is seen to boost the town’s agricultural economic growth and production.
In the turn-over ceremony in time for the 49th Araw ng Magsaysay on Friday, Mayor Arthur Davin said the completion of the Bacungan Center-Tahpicong-Blasan Phase I road concreting which is a seven-kilometer stretch came in a time when farmers prepare their vast farm lands into massive production of high-valued crops like cacao, banana, coconut, corn and rubber as rainy season sets in.
Davin said it is very timely since there are also ready-to-plant seedlings in a barangay-owned nursery with the technical and financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture Region XI.
He said the Municipal Agriculture Office has already conducted a series of seminars to farmers to teach them on proper massive planting and production of high-valued crops.
Davin said the exact location of the project has been considered rebel-infested area but with its existence it will pave way for becoming a peace-haven area.
He said the project was earlier identified to be covered by the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program, which has been created by the Office of the President to prioritize conflict-stricken areas to benefit the road concreting projects.
The PAMANA implementation is given to the regional offices of the Department of Agriculture.
The Phase II of the road concreting project will connect the neighboring barangay of Malawanit which is seen to start early of next year. (Magsaysay/Anthony S. Allada)