P 216 Million Concrete Farm-to-Market Road Breaks Ground in Lupon

DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Provincial Government and the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) breaks ground on Tuesday, July 18, a big-ticket farm-to-market road project set to benefit more than 6,000 residents in four farming villages in Lupon town.

Aptly called MATAVISAN FMR, the P 216 Million road concreting project, stretching 14.36 kilometers will directly benefit the villages of Macangao, Tagboa, New Visayas, and San Isidro.

Governor Dayanghirang leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the MATAVISAN FMR

Traversing at least 3,905.55 hectares of farmlands, the MATAVISAN area was chosen for the project as it has a huge potential as a production area for high-value crops such as banana, coconut, and rice.

Following the PRDP’s vision of enhancing rural infrastructures to boost agricultural productivity and fight poverty altogether,  this road project is touted to increase investment and open up new economic opportunities not only on farming but also in terms of creating jobs and establishing small businesses along the road network.

The road project is set to help not only farmers but also women’s organization in boosting their livelihood.

Residents here, especially the 910 farmer households, welcomed the much-anticipated project. Tagboa Punong Barangay Joel Cabahug said that the road would definitely create significant impact and make a difference in the lives of the residents here who have endured, for years, many challenges in terms of accessibility. “I am very thankful that we now have a new access road that would ease mobility. This road would really shorten travel time and cut transportation cost, helping farmers to save extra income,” he said.

Divided into two packages, the first package of the project is set to be completed after 362 days and for package 2, in 556 days.

Assistant DA Regional Director for Operations Phoebe Orbe, who represented DA OIC Regional Director Engr. Ricardo Oñate, Jr., said that the road project is anticipated to stimulate economic growth, especially for local farmers, who are now being empowered to get a competitive market price for their produce.

The PRDP believes that in order to reach the full potential of production areas, the government must first enhance infrastructure to support agriculture. Infrastructure especially those that boost accessibility are considered a powerful tool to eliminate poverty.

Gov. Nelson L. Dayanghirang, during the ground breaking ceremony, cited the contributions of all individuals behind the realization of the project including Former Governor, now First District Representative, Cong. Corazon N. Malanyaon who initiated the MATAVISAN road project.

Road Network Development

Considered to be the longest farm-to-market road project implemented under the PRDP, the MATAVISAN farm-to-market road project comes against the backdrop of an even larger plan that bids to create a connection loop that would open up economic activity across villages and towns.

Road Network Development Plan

A brainchild of Governor Dayanghirang, this master plan called the Road Network Development Plan consists of several road projects that are connected in order to form alternate roads.

Aside from the MATAVISAN Road, included in the road network plan are the concreting of the 12-kilometer road from the National Highway Junction-Badas-Culian-Sanghay and the 5.40-kilometer road from the National Highway Junction Libudon-Longcacob-Sanghay Section Phase 1. These projects will be funded under the Department of Interior and Local Government’s Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) and Kalsada Program, respectively.

This ambitious road network project will not only pave way for enhancing connectivity but would also aid for easier access in times of disasters and emergencies as well as aid in the government’s peace and development efforts.

Gov. Dayanghirang emphasized the road’s significance in ensuring peace and order in the communities and fast delivery of government services to these far-flung communities. He urged the residents to support the government in the implementation of the project. He asked them to help in securing the equipment and materials so that there will be no delays in the project implementation.  

The PRDP has already organized Barangay Inspectorate Teams who have recently undergone Citizen’s Monitoring Training. Their task is to ensure transparency in the project implementation by monitoring completion timeline and specified design.

By empowering the people through the provision of necessary infrastructures to support their livelihood, the Provincial Government is assured of advancing development and in reducing poverty. Gov. Dayanghirang said that building roads is an investment worth making to provide opportunities to the people in the countryside.  By Karen Lou Deloso/ Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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