BANAUE, Ifugao – Renewed hope for progress in the farthest barangays in the municipality of Banaue, Ifugao, will become a reality for farmers as a newly opened farm-to-market road (FMR) is now 100% complete.
Implemented under the Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), together with the municipal government of Banaue, the completed Anaba-Ducligan-Banao FMR, which spans eight kilometers with a 20-meter bridge, was proposed with the primary aim of improving the lives of the populace of barangays Anaba, Ducligan, and Banao.
For so many years, residents of these barangays have been trekking to and from their farms/houses, as there was zero road access connecting the barangays, especially barangay Banao.
Nelson Dogwe, a farmer from Barangay Ducligan, is tilling a land near the FMR subproject and according to him, the opening of the road has brought a lot of benefits to Ducligan residents who own agricultural lands along the area.
Muddy trails and rice field dikes served as pathways for farmers and residents to reach the nearest access road, the Banaue-Mayoyao-Aguinaldo National Road, and because of the constructed road, they can now travel to and from their houses or farms safely and in a shorter period of time.
Elizabeth Dulnuan, another farmer beneficiary from Barangay Anaba, also shared the road construction made them closer to the market area in Banaue, through a safer and faster route, as compared to the muddy trails and dikes that they used to trek.
“We were motivated to cultivate our lands when the road construction started and especially now that the road is completed as we can reach the central market area in less than 30 minutes,” added Dulnuan.
Formally completed on April 25, 2022, the PhP245.64 million FMR subproject is now benefiting more than 275 households within its influence area.
A final inspection was conducted on May 11, 2022, by a joint team composed of representatives from the national, north Luzon cluster, and regional levels of the DA-PRDP, together with representatives from the Alfalfa Construction and from the Municipal Project Management and Implementing Unit (MPMIU) of municipality.
Though the subproject was declared 100% physically completed, the contractor still needs to rectify the defects identified during the final inspection prior to turnover.
Banaue Municipal Engineer Antonio Gayumma said that a turn over ceremony is set to be conducted on June 15, 2022.
Meanwhile, the construction of more slope protection structures and guard rails, including the establishment of additional warning signs, among other side structures/ maintenance initiatives, will be included in the municipal Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plan for the FMR. By Elvy T. Estacio