2.9km road to support farmers in Esperanza Town
Esperanza, Agusan del Sur– The Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) officially turned over the P34 million 2.9 km Lumbia-Mabao Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) to the Municipality of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.
“We would like to thank DA-PRDP for their support in helping us achieved one of our goals to provide a decent road for our locals especially to our beloved farmers. We will work together to ensure that this road will be maintained so it will last for a long time,” said Mayor Leonida Manpatilan during the turnover ceremony held recently.
Regional Executive Director Abel James Monteagudo led the ribbon cutting of the completed FMR with its partner-recipient from LGU-Esperanza headed by Mayor Leonida Manpatilan with PPMIU Head Engr. Dianne Fudalan.
Around 3,036 individuals or 885 farming households would directly benefit from the concrete road. This intervention from the government is built to support the Rubber industry in the province and the farmers planting high value crops in the locality.
The project started in April 24, 2017 which trail starts from Sitio Lumbia and terminates at Sitio Mabao of same barangay Dacuta. It traverses a creek, National Irrigation Road and uncultivated low lying areas that include rice and cornfields.
Now that the road is officially turned over to the municipality, it is targeted that residents will now have improve road accessibility that will reduce their travel time, transportation cost, and spillage of their farm products.
This FMR primarily supports the rubber (crumb) which is one of the champion commodities of the recipient municipality.
The Municipality of Esperanza is one of the oldest town in the province. Aside from farming, this first class municipality is also renowened as the “Tilapia Capital of Agusan del Sur”. (Fretcher Magatao/RPCO13)