BAUKO, Mountain Province – The Department of Science and Technology in the Cordillera (DOST-CAR) led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cableway for Agricultural Resource Transport System (CARTS) Project at Monamon Sur recently.
The project is funded through the Niche Centers for the Regions (NICER) Program of DOST and a counterpart from the municipal government will provide an alternative transportation system for the agricultural products and activities in the province considering the difficult terrain that is hampering the smooth delivery of farm produce to the nearest trading center inside and outside the province.
DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit, during the program held at the Mt. Data Hotel, said the project is a product of innovation that brings sustainable and resilient activities in the community which will be beneficial in advancing the state of agriculture and providing sustainable sources of livelihood for those living in remote communities.
He added that the project is a collaboration of various stakeholders in Cordillera.
Also showing their support during the event are staff of project CARTS, DOST-CAR and Mountain Province representatives, Bauko and Mountain Province officials, Towaden-Bito Farmers Association project beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
This project which is under the Program Boondock: A Mountain Engineering Center Towards Sustainable Infrastructure and Upland Water Security is expected to be completed in May next year.
Experts have recommended the establishment of a cable car system in strategic areas in the Cordillera to allow the timely transport of the agricultural produce of the farmers to the nearest trading center as this is environmentally friendly and will help in mitigating the effects of climate change to the local agriculture industry.