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Pres. Arroyo inaugurates 17,000th km-milestone FMR

by Rutchie Cabahug -Aguhob

Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental (14 December) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said the residents of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental are lucky to have a farm-to-market road (FMR) that is within the access of the Laguindingan International Airport Development Project (LIADP).

Called the 17,000th km FMR milestone of the Arroyo Administration, the FMR project which the President inaugurated, today, Dec. 14, involves the rehabilitation of some 1.9 km. of FMR traversing at least four (4) of Laguindingan's barangays (villages) within the LIADP area.

These villages include those of Poblacion, Gasi, Liberty and San Isidro where some 600 has. of banana, 360 has. of corn, 210 has. of coconut, 177 has. of mangoes, 120 has. of cassava and 87 has. of vegetables are farmed.

From a counter-part scheme of Php1.5M by the Dept. of Agriculture (DA) and Php150,000 by the local government unit, the FMR project, implemented from Nov. 26 to Dec. 8, this year, has generated 118 jobs and expects to benefit some 2,003 households.

"I truly thank the President for improving our FMR because I can now make more trips to bring the farmers' produce to the market," Osias Estrada, driver of a "habal-habal" (a single motor cycle) said.

Estrada, who has five (5) children also said the new road condition and the income he derives from driving will help him send them to school.

For his part, Mario Quilab, a father of two (2) and one of the construction workers, told the President he was lucky to be part of the project because he was able to generate resources for his family needs during the construction of the project. (PIA 10) [top]

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