P914.4M for sugarcane road projects released
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P914.4 million for sugarcane farm-to-mill road projects following the submission of a detailed list of projects and program of works by the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
The funds will cover the implementation of 43 farm-to-mill road projects, also called sugarcane FMR, in nine regions.
Among the projects, 24 will be implemented in the Negros Island Region.
The sugarcane FMR projects are mandated by the Sugarcane Industry Development Act of 2015.
The DBM said the longest road under the project has a length of 6.5 kilometers with the highest allocation of P77.195 million. It will be built in the Municipality of Maramag, Bukidnon.
The second longest road project is also in Bukidnon, with a length of 6 km and an allocation of P71.065 million. It will be built in the Municipality of Quezon.
The DBM said the funds were released to the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Special Provision No. 2 states that the SRA shall ensure the projects will connect existing block farms to the mill districts and that the roads are geo-tagged.
The SRA shall also submit quarterly reports on the utilization of funds and status of implementation supported by pre-construction and post-construction geo-tagged photos. These reports shall also be posted on the SRA website.