PGMA opens FMR for upland farmers
by Ben Moses Ebreo
Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya (May 25) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday formally opened a farm-to-market road in barangay Belance here to help upland farmers in bringing their products to the market.
Arroyo was accompanied by Representative Carlos Padilla, governor Luisa Cuaresma, bishop Ramon Villena, mayor Antonio Palugod and public works secretary Victor Domingo in her visit to barangay Belance here.
The President said the construction of the project not only improved the economic activities in this town but also provided jobs for villagers here.
"Thank you for your support since I was a senator, It's been a great honor to serve you as your president," Arroyo said during a program here.
The P330 million Bitnung-Belance road project was one of President Arroyo's committed projects in the province under her Northern Luzon Agri-business Quadrangle (NLAQ) thrust.
The 13.194 kilometer road project which was started in 2008 was funded under the General Appropriations Act-Regular Infrastructure Program.
Engr. Marifel Andes, assistant district engineer here said the road project was completed more than a month ahead of its target date.
Wagan Flores, 64, a former barangay official in Belance said they are very grateful for President Arroyo's completion of the road project.
"Our products can now be transported easier and on time, thereby cutting travel expenses and prevented their rotting. We have been travelling for two hours then, but with the construction of thei road, our travel time was reduced into only 30 minutes," Flores stressed.
The project is also expected to encourage the opening of new businesses in barangay Belance like transport, retail and commerce and will open new jobs due to the entry of new investments in the area.
Aside from farmers within barangay Belance, the road will also serve other villagers in barangays Bitnung, Oyao and Macabenga. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]