It took just three months for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to pave a farm-to-market road in a very green area of Barangay Basalem, Buug town, Zamboanga Sibugay.
“The completed Basalem Farm-to-Market Road greatly facilitated the speedy delivery of products, reducing travel time to 20 minutes from Barangay Basalem in the Municipality of Buug to the city center of Zamboanga Sibugay province,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.
The new road is now making life easier for farmers who used to transport their agricultural products on a bumpy, unpaved road, Villar noted.
The Mindanao road was constructed in just 90 days amid the persisting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the DPWH boss said.
The P12-million road project includes the concrete paving of 734.50 linear meter bumpy road into a two-lane road.
Portland cement was used to create concrete some 200 millimeters thick, while the construction of stone masonry and grouted riprap, wide shoulder and gabions for slope protection were also carried out.
The agricultural road project was implemented by the DPWH Zamboanga Sibugay 1st District Engineering Office under the convergence program of the department with the Department of Agriculture (DA)
The road work aims to amplify the government’s program to reduce the transportation costs of farm outputs, minimize post-harvest losses, promote economic activities, and develop trade and commerce.