THE Baguio City government’s request for funding for seven farm-to-market roads has been approved by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
DAR Secretary Conrado Estrella III approved the request, worth P200 million, for seven farm-to-market roads out of the identified 10 potential sites for such roads, according to Dr. Silandro Bested, head of the City Veterinary and Agriculture Office (CVAO).
Bested disclosed that the seven FMR sites include Sto. Tomas Central to Western Link Circumferential Road at Sto. Tomas Central and Proper; Sitio Mangitit, Camp 7; Balenben Road at Purok 12 between CSWDO-SDC, Irisan; Balenben Purok 2, Irisan; Aurelio Street, Dontogan; Pine Tree Alley, Asin Road; Sto. Tomas Central to Adiwang Road, Dontogan.
Original estimates put the budget for 10 potential sites at P200 million, but the DAR has instead provided the full amount for seven of the farm-to-market road projects.
According to Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong, who made the request, the need for farm-to-market roads in Baguio City was identified during dialogues with local farmers and the agriculture sector held by the CVAO.
“These farm-to-market roads will allow our farmers to transport their farming inputs and produce to traders and consumers with relative ease,” the mayor said.