DA builds climate-resilient farm-to-market road in Compostela Valley
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) and in partnership with the provincial government of Compostela Valley, has facilitated the construction of a 2.02-kilometer Sand Miguel-Kidawa farm-to-market road (FMR) with 18 liner meter bridge.
With a budget of P40.6 million, the project is now 85 percent complete and already serves as much 416 households and over 2,000 residents.
For the longest time, flood after heavy rains was the usual occurrence in the community.
People have to risk their lives and their products when they go to the town center, the market, visit hospital and when children go to school every time they cross the Saug river.
There was even an instance when a farmer almost drowned with his produce when he tried to cross the flood, said Medino Andao, a barangay councilman and a member of Dibabawon tribe.
“[Because of the new FMR] we don’t use carabao anymore or bamboo raft in bringing our produce to the market because hauling trucks now have access to our place,” Andao said.
“Our banana, coconut and rice can now be bought right outside houses or farms,” he added.