THE Department of Agriculture (DA) launched two farm-to-market roads (FMRs) in partnership with the World Bank to uplift the farming sector in Maguindanao.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (Mafarm)-Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in the Bangsamaro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), together with the provincial government of Maguindanao del Sur, led the groundbreaking of the FMRs on October 3.
According to the DA, the World Bank Second Additional Fund with a European Union Co-Financing Grant funded the cost of P25 million with 10-percent equity from the local government units of Maguindanao.
The project includes a 6.2-kilometer concreting of Barangay Pandan FMR with a total cost of P101.3 million and a 10-kilometer concreting of Barangay Rempes-Barangay Darugao FMR with a total cost of P150.8 million.
“We would like to acknowledge the strong effort of our province, which is willing to provide equity for their municipalities. I hope all the stakeholders of this project will support in implementing this subproject,” said Mafar-PRDP Deputy Project Director Ammal Solaiman.
Solaiman also highlighted the importance of FMRs in bringing the government closer to the community.
“For Mafar-BARMM, we will give our full commitment because we want to provide a good future to our younger generation,” she said.
Meanwhile, Maguindanao del Sur Gov. Bai Mariam Mangudadatu expressed gratitude to the PRDP for making the said project possible.
Mangdadatu noted that road accessibility is a big help to address the farmers’ needs and reduce poverty.
The construction of the FMRs in Barangay Pandan would connect South Upi to Talayan, which will streamline the transportation of farmers’ produce.
South Upi contributes 40 percent of the municipal corn production through the five barangay (villages) connected by the FMR.