PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Dec. 12 -- The most awaited road that is expected to lessen the mobility cost of goods and services and provide easy access to market for farmers was recently turned-over to farmers during the Project ConVERGE' Midterm Review Mission held recently at Barangay Concepcion Covered Court, Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur.
Jerry Pacturan, Country Programme Officer of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), led the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the rehabilitation/concreting of the 4.139-km farm-to-market road (Phase 1) that will connect the Barangays Poblacion-Concepcion-Sayon. With him were other members of the Mission team - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Management Consultant Gomer Tumbali, IFAD USA Carmina Marquez, IFAD Rural Infrastructure Consultant Ike Payumo, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Officer Mark Gatdula, together with Sta. Josefa Vice Mayor Richard Plaza.
The total project cost of PhP13,496,000.00 million with an LGU equity of PhP1,619,520 million is set to benefit more than 2,000 farmer beneficiaries including IPs.
Pacturan congratulated the recipients of the project and urged them to properly make use of the project.
"You are privileged to have given this opportunity so you must put your heart into it because this will bring forth better opportunities in the future," he said.
In his response, Sta. Josefa Vice Mayor Plaza told the recipient farmers to cooperate in maintaining the road so that it will continuously uplift their well-being.
The road concreting is under the Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project ConVERGE) which is implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and funded by the IFAD and the Government of the Philippines (GOP).
Prior to the turn-over, the mission team participated in the scheduled dialogue with the Provincial Project Management Officers where PARPO II Leoncio Bautista presented the accomplishment and challenges encountered for the past three years and the possible interventions that would be helpful for the remaining years of the implementation process. (Rechel D. Besonia, DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)