Italian-backed program helps DAR turn over support projects in Sarangani
A farm-to-market road (FMR), solar dryers, and potable water system were recently turned over by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to the local government of Alabel, Sarangani under the DAR Italian Assistance to Agrarian Reform Community Development Support Program (IARCDSP).
To be specific, DAR Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Sylvia Mallari said two FMRs and 10 solar dryers were constructed in two Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) in the area.
The two ARCs are the KAWAS ARC, which covers Barangay Kawas, and the BATODO ARC, which comprises the villages of Baluntay, Tokawal and Domolok, all in Alabel town.
Mallari said the project will directly benefit around 3,450 households in said barangays.
An expansion of the potable water system (Level 2) in Kawas ARC was also opened that will benefit 804 households in the area.
Mallari expressed her deep gratitude to the people of Alabel for the opportunity they have given to serve them.
“Seeing the projects, it is what the people really need, convey the spirit of true service, and it is the reason why DAR is there for them”, she said.
Of the P20 million total project cost, DAR-IARCDSP Community Infrastructure Development Support (CIDS) Coordinator Rosemarie Baladiang explained that 50 percent came from DAR-IARCDSP, while the other 50 percent was derived from the Local Government Unit of Alabel, Sarangani.
The newly turned over projects were under the phase 1 of the DAR-IARCDSP.
Another batch under the phase 2 of infrastructure projects worth P70 million will be constructed and eventually turned-over in the area next year, DAR said.