Assistant Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay (2nd from L) and
Sta. Margarita Mayor Gemma Zosa (2nd from R) cut the
ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the
3.1-kilometer Ilo-Balud farm-to-market road implemented
under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities
DAR turns over
alternate road for farmers
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
July 20, 2018
STA. MARGARITA, Samar
– A 3.1-kilometer road constructed here as an alternate route for
farmers in an upland area was turned over last week by the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Instead of passing by the
national highway, farmers can already pass through the mountain in
going to Barangay Ilo from Barangay Balud or vice-versa. The area is
also accessible now to all types of vehicles.
DAR Assistant Regional
Director Ismael Aya-ay who led the turnover and inauguration rites
disclosed that the P18.4-million project was supposedly a road
opening and spot concreting only. However, thru the efforts of the
local government unit (LGU) under the administration of Mayor Gemma
Zosa, the farm-to-market road project traversing from Barangay Ilo
to Barangay Balud passing thru the mountain area is almost
The cost of the project
implemented under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform
Communities Project (ARCP-II) was shared by the national government
thru a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the LGU of
Under the agreement
between the ARCP-II and the said LGU, the recipients should allocate
funds for the maintenance of the project within 10 years. Otherwise,
the recipients will be shouldering the loan portion of the national
government turning grant into a liability.
But in this case where the
LGU had already improved the road by concreting throughout,
according to Samar Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer-I
Segundino Pagliawan, the recipient villages will no longer find it
hard in the maintenance of it.
Meanwhile, Mayor Zosa
expressed her gratitude to the DAR for opening this road which led
to the LGU’s construction of road networks that would link villages
in her municipality as well as to the villages of the adjacent town
Zosa added that this also
opened opportunities for the farmers, thus she encouraged them to
produce more and have higher income.
Further, she encouraged
the farmers to produce more of the “kalinayan rice” or the “red
rice” which according to her, a well-known department store in Metro
Manila is willing to tie-up with their municipality in the marketing
of this product.
More than 1,600 residents
in this area, wherein 180 are agrarian reform beneficiaries, are
expected to be benefited by the project implemented under the
Program Beneficiaries Development component of the Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).