BUTUAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) based here reported on Thursday that the more than P133 million farm-to-market (FMR) roads that are set to be constructed in the province of Surigao del Norte will surely boost the agricultural production in that fast-rising province in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region.
“This convergence project with the Department of Agriculture (DA-Caraga) and DPWH will surely inspire and increase the agricultural production of farmers and fisherfolks,” DPWH 13 Regional Director Engr. Pol M. Delos Santos told The Manila Bulletin on Thursday.
Gov. Francisco T. Matugas and Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Bingo Matugas hailed the FMR projects in the province and thanked DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar for giving much weight and boost to the needs of farmers and fisherfolks in the province.
“We are realizing the promise of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to the Filipino people that he will strongly support the development of agriculture as the main economic driver of the country and uplift the condition of the farmers,” Villar said.
With the improved farm roads, farmers will be empowered to be more productive while inclusive growth will be realized in the localities and will mirror the national economy, Villar added.
“We, the provincial officials, extend gratitude and thanks to President Duterte and Sec. Villar for giving much attention to the needs of our farmers and fisherfolks,” Gov. Matugas said.
In his progress report toSecretary Villar, Director Delos Santos said the agency is implementing the 10 FMRs amounting to a total of P133 million in the province.
These FMRs will be implemented by the DPWH 1st and 2nd District Engineering Offices (DEOs) in Surigao del Norte province, the region’s top DPWH 1 official said.
Initially, these FMRs will be constructed in the towns of Alegria, Gigaquit, Claver, Alegria, Malimono, and Bacuag in Surigao del Norte province
“When all these are completed, these FMRs will surely boost agricultural production in the province and reduce the handling cost and ease the transport of farm products to market centers in the province,” Delos Santos said.