P128M bridge connects far-flung community in Quirino
Thanks to a new 570-meter long bridge, residents of Sitio Katimbang in Nagtipunan, Quirino will no longer ferry their farm produce and family members via old wooden rafts across the Nagtipunan River.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently inaugurated the P124.28-million Katimbang Bridge, the agency’s biggest Infrastructure project courtesy of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the third phase of its Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP).
Pedro Pandongit, chairman of the board of the Quirino Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, said: “The bridge helps a lot during emergency cases. It also hastens the transportation and marketing of the farm products to the neighboring town of Maddela and the neighboring province of Nueva Vizcaya. Local residents used to use bancas and ferry boats as mode of transportation through the Nagtipunan River.”
DAR Undersecretary Herman Ongkiko and JICA representative C.R. Niwa led the turnover ceremonies of the Katimbang bridge last Feb. 9, at Sitio Katimbang, San Ramos, in Quirino province together with Assistant Secretary for Foreign Assisted Project Services Office Herminia Fe San Juan, PMS Director Ma. Celerina Afable, and Engr. Cristina Dagdag.
The DAR also turned over a post-harvest facility to the QFMPC.
Ongkiko also assured the QFMPC of more support projects.