Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (ESDEO) has completed a 640-meter Farm to Market Road (FMR) in Brgy. Dalid leading to Brgy. Bagacay in Oras, Eastern Samar.
A ribbon cutting of the FMR projects was held on July 23, 2021 which were attended by Congresswoman Mari Fe R. Abunda, officials from DPWH ESDEO and barangay officials of the benefited barangays.
According to DPWH ESDEO Assistant District Engineer Domcelio Natividad, the FMR project has a length of 640 meters, width of 5 meters and has drainage and slope protection.
“This farm-to-market road project is a partnership between Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Agriculture with total project cost of P 9,778,641.42 under DA FY 2020,” said Engr. Natividad.
The assistant head of DPWH ESDEO also disclosed that the FMR was constructed in accordance with the standards and specification of DPWH and that the contractor is still responsible for the repair works within the one-year liability period.
Meanwhile, the barangay captain of Bagacay informed Congw. Abunda that there is still more than one kilometer of roads from the end of the new FMR to barangay Bagacay that still needs to be concreted. He disclosed that they only carry their products on-foot because of trail way road.
Congresswoman Maria Fe R. Abunda said during the ribbon cutting event that the FMR project is really a big help to the local farmers and residents of Dalid and Bagacay.
The representative of the lone district of Eastern Samar also promised that she will help local residents of Bagacay to complete the concreting of the remaining unpaved road in the upcoming funding year.
Maria Jaide Grafil, a resident of Brgy. Bagacay, Oras Eastern Samar, said during an interview that the newly concreted road is a big help to them especially during health emergencies.
“Dara hini nga kalsada, dire na halaba iton malagay nga amon pag aagian,” [Because of this concreted road, we don’t need to walk on lengthy muddy road anymore], Maria Jaide Grafil said.
She also said during the interview that she is really thankful to the government agency for the FMR project because they can now use motorcycles, tricycles and truck during their health emergencies and also in transporting their farm products.
The road project started its construction on March 13, 2021 and was completed June 15 of the same year.(IRMA BALLETE,PIO STAFF/PR)