Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari (2nd from R) and Northern
Samar Vice Governor Gary Lavin (2nd from L) cut the
ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the three road
projects in Gamay implemented under the second phase of the
Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II). Assisting
them are mayor Timoteo Capoquian (L) and Regional Director
Sheila Enciso (R).
DAR turns over 3
roads, bridge in Gamay
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
March 14, 2018
GAMAY, Northern Samar
– As highlight of the 71st founding anniversary celebration of this
town Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Sylvia
Mallari of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over three
farm-to-market road projects, one constructed with a 30-linear meter
bridge, over the weekend.
All projects implemented
under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II)
are contiguous passing through the barangays of Cagamutan,
Bato, Bangon and GM Osias with an aggregate length of 8.3 kilometers.
Mallari, who was the guest
speaker during this year’s celebration emphasized the need to
establish rural growth centers to combat poverty in the countryside.
According to her, these
are development projects such as rural infrastructures that would
open opportunities particularly to the farmers and help solve
insurgency in some areas as well.
This is what DAR is doing
in partnership with the local government units (LGUs), Mallari said.
She added that this
compliments the core mandate of DAR, the Land Tenure Improvement.
Mallari explained that the
establishment of rural growth centers is in accordance with one of
the objectives under the Philippine Development Plan that is to
achieve a better life and a brighter future by year 2040.
Mayor Timoteo Capoquian
acknowledged DAR’s contribution to his town’s development. According
to him, DAR is the town’s biggest donor in terms of rural
infrastructures referring to these turned over projects with a
combined amount reaching P66.4-M.
Though the total project
cost was shared by the local government unit (LGU) and the national
government thru a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB),
Capoquian thanked DAR for assisting them build road networks.
Director Sheila Enciso reminded the LGU and the recipient barangays
to maintain the projects in good condition within a period of 10
years, otherwise the grant portion will be converted into a loan.
Aside from the four
barangays where the projects are situated, Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Nida Abelido disclosed that residents
from seven more remote villages are likewise benefited.
An estimate of nearly
9,000 residents from the 11 barangays pass this route on their way
to the national highway, she added.
According to one resident,
with the construction of the bridge, it is easy for them now to
transport their products for they don’t have to wade through the
river anymore in crossing Barangay Bangon.