DA-PRDP Turns Over P171M Infra Projects to Davao del Norte

Date Published: June 30, 2020

The Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Rural Development Project (DA PRDP) has turned over four rural infrastructure subprojects to Davao del Norte province amounting to P171-million.

These include the rehabilitation of 7.8-kilometer of New Visayas – Binancian Farm-to- Market Road (FMR) in Asuncion, Davao del Norte amounting to P86.5-million and the rehabilitation of 8.98-kilometer Sto. Niño – Igangon FMR in San Isidro, Davao del Norte amounting to P74.1-million.

The New Visayas – Binancian FMR reduces travel time from 60 to 20 minutes while the Sto. Niño – Igangon FMR reduces travel time from 45 to 22 minutes.

The other two infrastructure projects are the Potable Water System (PWS) in Barangay Kasilak amounting to P6.2-million and the PWS in Barangay Dalisay amounting to P4.1-million both in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

The PWS in Barangay Kasilak covers 42 units of communal faucets with 1 unit reservoir and will provide safe drinking water to at least 615 households while the PWS in Barangay Dalisay covers 27 units of communal faucets with one unit reservoir to 162 households.

“FMRs are vital infrastructure projects that directly benefit our farmers through reduced postharvest losses, travel time, and hauling cost. It will also unlock more economic opportunities as farmers’ mobility and market of products will be improved,” said DA Regional Executive Director Ricardo Oñate, Jr. during the turnover ceremonies held June 26 in four covered municipalities.

Meanwhile, the PWS projects aim to improve rural productivity by reducing water-borne diseases and enables farmers to have ample time in farming as they no longer have to fetch water from afar.

While DA-XI is currently refocusing and upscaling its interventions to align with the Plant, Plant, Plant Program, Oñate said there is also a must to implement Build, Build, Build Program in agriculture as farming communities need adequate infrastructure and logistics to attain an increased yield and improved incomes.

He lauded the Davao del Norte government under the leadership of Governor Edwin Jubahib as PRDP’s active partner in pursuing infrastructure projects identified in the provincial commodity investment plan.

“PRDP also implements enterprise development subprojects here in Davao del Norte of which we focus on improving the value chain of cacao, one of the province’s leading commodities,” Oñate said.

PRDP is a special project of the DA and jointly funded by the World Bank, the national and local government units. It implements infrastructure and enterprise development projects including the utilization of of science-based tools such as value chain analysis, geo-tagging, and expanded-vulnerability suitability assessment. | NTProvido, InfoACE11

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