ARMM-DPWH: P260 million road projects to boost farm production PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 11:38

By ED GENERAL

The Department of Public Works and Highways in ARMM expects farmers in the towns of Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura and Buldon in Maguindanao to increase farm production with the P260 million worth of road-concreting projects funded by the DPWH-ARMM under Governor Mujiv Hataman administration.

DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha A. Loong headed an official team from the Department that is directly involved in the road projects for inspection of the finished and ongoing projects in the three municipalities.

Sec. Loong said better roads will spur economic activities and boost farm production with farmers in far-flung areas being encouraged to engage in agriculture.

He made sure that the ongoing and finished projects are executed according to the standard specifications required for the roads.

Loong and local officials  personally measured the thickness and length of the roads being implemented.

Sultan Kudarat Mayor Datu Shameem Mastura  said the 6.0-kilometer road in Brgy Pinaring-Ibotengan-Panatan Road worth P70 million, and the 4.0-km road in Brgy Tula worth P30 million, would provide farmers better access to trading centers where they can sell their farm produce.

The projects were implemented by the Local Government Unit funded under the regular infrastructure funds of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Sultan Kudarat topped other municipalities in undergoing road projects because of its heavy equipment ready to implement engineering works.

The rehabilitated road in Brgys Panireng-Ibotegen-Panatan and Tula will link several barangays leading to Pigcawayan in North Cotabato.

Engr Nash Ibrahim, District Engineer for Maguindanao District Office 1 said this contributes ease of travel of transport service and farm trucks even up to far-flung areas.

Ibrahim said that in the past, local residents were forced to walk for a few more kilometers as public-utility vehicles usually cut short their trips due to poor road condition.

After the road inspection, Loong said with the well-paved road, “I am expecting a big turnaround in the economic activities here for the benefit of the local residents and of the community”.

Farmers’ travel time to the markets will be reduced, as well as their transportation cost, while students will have an easier time going to and from their schools, Loong said.

Thousands of families will benefit from this road projects and for the first time in their lives these families may now experience consolation from their hard labor in the rice and cornfields.

A farmer named Aslawi said: “I am very happy with the concrete road because we can now transport our products to various markets without delay and with minimal transportation cost.”

“They give us this road to make life easier for us, we promise that we will take care of it,” he added.

Other road projects that were inspected aside from Sultan Kudarat were: Concreting of Macabiso-Solon Road in Sultan Mastura worth P60 million, concreting of Parang-Buldon Road (Aratuc-Ampuan Section) worth P10 million and concreting of Parang-Buldon Road worth P50 million and Concreting of Buldon-Barira Road P50 million.