DAR implements P2.7B worth of projects
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (16 October) -- Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) XI Director Rodolfo Inson said the Department in Region XI has implemented some P2.7-billion worth of infrastructure projects coming from its five foreign assisted projects operating region-wide, which had benefited around 103,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries and residents within the agrarian reform communities.
Envisioned by the Arroyo Administration to provide social services especially the poor sector, DAR had closely coordinated its efforts with the local government units as the latter likewise has provided local counterpart funds for the construction and establishment of badly needed structures such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation networks, post harvest facilities, bridges, potable water supply and other immediate needs of the community.
The World Bank assisted-Agrarian Reform Communities Development project (ARCDP) phases 1 & 2 which were implemented in the provinces of Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental has funded around P411,827,046 worth of infrastructure projects, reported DAR regional information officer Isidro Lalisan during the regular "ARENA-XI" radio forum aired over DXRP Radyo ng Bayan anchored by Josette Olivera and the Philippine Information Agency.
The Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP) phases 1, 1.5 & and the Mindanao Sustainable Settlement Area Development (MINSSAD) funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JICA) with project areas in Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental has an allocation of P820 million.
The Agrarian Reform communities project (ARCP) of the Asian Development Bank implemented some P141 million worth of projects in the province of Davao del Sur and Davao City.
The Solar Power Technology Support (SPOTS) funded by the government of Spain has funded P173 million worth of projects in the province of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental.
The project's basic feature is to provide electricity to agrarian communities to hasten economic and social activities in these areas that would result to better quality of life, according to Director Inson. Projects were undertaken in tandem with DPWH, NIA and LGUs for the provision of equipment and facilities, he added. (PIA-XI/DAR XI) [top]