No more hassle in delivering goods
Surigao del Norte-The rehabilitation and concreting of 18.40 kilometer farm-to-market road is an answered prayer among the residents of Barangay Bobona-on, Magsaysay, and Sta. Cruz in Surigao del Norte.
For how many years, people here suffered from their daily commute to delivery of their agricultural products.
“Before, this road became muddy during rainy days and not a single vehicle could pass. Finally this FMR project from PRDP came and it was dream come true for us and to our elders. Our transportation was reduced from P50.00 per sack to P30.00 now. Trucks and motorcycles can now pick up our harvest from farm to market,” said Antonino Tejada of Brgy. Anislagan.
This P218 million FMR provides a good and safe all year round road access for people, goods, and agricultural produce that will improve the quality of their lives.
“The barangay officials together with other members of the community, we all help in monitoring of the project implementation because it is us who will benefit from this road. We really ensure that the work of the contractor still follow the standard procedures,” said Teofilo O. Dafar Brgy. Captain, Anislagan, Placer, Surigao del Norte.
The province of Surigao del Norte has a total annual production of 265,307.56 metric ton for the coconut fiber and peat production and 199,840 metric ton for the coconut oil. Aside from coconut, the province also rely on other commodities such as abaca, banana,cassava, rice, rubber, and cacao.
PRDP conducts Citizen Participatory Monitoring to the barangay implementing team, People’s organization and academe of Brgy. Bobona-on, Magsaysay (Pob), and Sta. Cruz. This community-based monitoring team helps in the project monitoring and evaluation system which promote citizen participation, project and contractor accountability as well as boost community ownership of the project.
The Provincial Local Government Unit of Surigao del Norte also benefited from the technical assistance and trainings provided by PRDP which they can be used in the province’s own project implementation.
“Honestly, this is the first time that the province experience innovation like the geotagging of the project. It is very much helpful during our monitoring of the project because through this, we can minimized the bad practices that might occur during the construction. This geotagging also can be also used in the province’s other infrastructure project,” Engr. Rufino Antonio C. Menor of Surigao del Norte. (Joy M. Montecalvo)