May 26th, 2012
QUEZON CITY, May 25 (PIA) — The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said Friday in a press release it recently turned over some P 10-million worth of infrastructure projects to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Cabucgayan, Biliran.
DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo said in the press release that the 2.3-kilometer Kasabangan farm-to-market road (FMR) with a total project cost of P 5.07-million is expected to benefit 650 ARBs for the easy conveyance of farm products to the commercial districts.
Castillo also said a P 2.3-million Balaquid Communal Irrigation System could irrigate 60 hectares of farmlands in barangay Kasabangan throughout the year.
Aside from the two inaugurated projects, he added that the groundbreaking of the P2.7-million Balaquid Level II Potable Water System with is expected to serve the need for potable water of 208 households in Barangay Balaquid,” Castillo said
Castillo said the infrastructure projects are provided to the ARBs to maximize the production of the lands awarded to them under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Elisea Orapa said that aside from the ARBs, more than 1,500 other residents in the area, as well as, other tourists will likewise benefit from the road project.
“The end of the road is an eco-tourism park with the “Kasabangan Falls,” which many describe as a hidden paradise. I am sure that the infrastructure project will not only boost the agriculture of the community but also its tourism industry,” Orapa said.
Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) Project Manager Celerina Afable announced that another irrigation project proposal for implementation under ARISP in Barangays Magbangon, Libertad and Bunga in this town is currently in progress.
The infrastructure projects were implemented under the ARISP funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). (DAR/RJB/JRCA-PIA NCR)
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