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E. Samar soon to reach market hubs via FMRs

April 30, 2023 Cory Martinez 152 views

THE products of farmers in Eastern Samar will soon be easily transported to different market centers with the construction of seven farm-to-market roads (FMR) worth P100 million.

Atty. Robert Anthony Yu, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Eastern Visayas Regional Director, said the project will benefit more than 3,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in eight villages in the province.

Yu disclosed that the budget, taken from the Agrarian Reform Fund (ARF), will finance the concreting of the Iwayan-Minap-os, Nadacpan-Saurong, Saurong-Agsam, Agsam-Iwayan, San Eduardo-Nadacpan, Alang-alang-Cadian, and Alang-alang-Minap-os FMRs.

He added that the seven road sections, which have a combined length of 6.8 kilometers, would help bring the farmers’ products easier and faster to the market centers.

Yu was joined by House Minority Leader and 4Ps Party-List Representative Marcelino Libanan, and Oras, Eastern Samar Mayor Roy Ador in the groundbreaking ceremonies of the road concreting projects in eight Oras villages.

“Once the road project is done, residents will no longer have to ride a motorized boat without an outrigger to get to the town center. Travel time to their villages takes more than an hour, but with the construction of the new road, it will only take them 15 minutes to get to the town centers,” Yu said.

Yu added that aside from farmers, more than 10,000 residents from the eight farming villages in this third-class municipality will also benefit from these roads as it would become easier for them to traverse concrete roads going to neighboring towns, especially during emergency cases of bringing patients to hospitals.

He explained that the role of the DAR does not end in providing land to farmers alone, but it also provides the necessary support projects, such as roads, to help farmers earn more and contribute to the economic improvement of agrarian reform communities.

Yu said that intervention for farm-to-market roads is among the nine primary goals of DAR Secretary Conado Estrella III for the next six years.

The project is expected to be completed within two years.