Fulfilling dreams of the community
Manolo Fortich-Residents in Barangay Sto. Nino endure the challenge of transportation caused by poor road condition. For how many years, they have been dreaming of having a well-paved farm-to-market road that they can use in their daily commute and transportation of goods.
Last January 19, 2018, their prayers had been answered through a support coming from the Local Government of Manolo Fortich and Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project. Their town received a total of P 30,874,852.33 for 3.04 kilometer Sto Nino-Aurora Farm to Market Road project.
After eight months, this FMR was completed and finally turned over last September 27, 2018 with the presence of by Regional Project Coordination Office Project Director Carlene C. Collado and Manolo Fortich Mayor Clive D. Quiño.
“Through this road, our farmers can finally transport their products to the Bagsakan and trade their agricultural products to a much better market for a much better price. Hopefully, they will be inspired to expand more their farm area and those who stopped farming will be encouraged again to till their lands,” said Mayor Quiño.
This completed concrete FMR will now fill in the gap between the demand for good road and poor road condition. Farmers and residents here now have better road access that is beneficial to agricultural production and uplift the living standards of the 3,445 direct beneficiaries in the area.
For the beneficiaries, it is a dream come true for them because finally the promise concreting of their road has turned to reality. This FMR will support many commodities of the municipality like cassava.
In order to fast track the project implementation, PRDP has been providing platform for innovation through the use of science based tools and approaches to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the support and intervention of the project to the agri-fisher sector.
“I hope that PRDP will not only leave you with a very good road but also good experience which include new knowledge, tools, and technical skills that you may use in your work and when dealing with new projects outside PRDP,” said Collado. (Joy Montecalvo)