TACLOBAN CITY – The Regional Project Coordination Office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) recently endorses five farm-to-market road (FMR) projects to be implemented in four provinces in the region.

The proposed FMR project has a total cost of P725 million to be implemented under the Intensified Building-Up of Infrastructure and Logistics Development (I-BUILD) component of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

I-BUILD aims to establish strategic and climate-resilient rural infrastructures along priority commodity value chains to link production areas to markets and increase productivity.
The PRDP, on the other hand, is a six-year, World Bank-assisted national project under the DA that aims to establish a modern, inclusive, value chain-oriented, and climate-smart agriculture and fisheries sector.

The FMR projects are in Barangay Cambagguio-Brgy. San Andres in Villareal, Samar; Brgy. Libas-Brgy. Kauswagan in Sogod, Southern Leyte; Brgy. Paa-Imelda Marcos-Tambis-Sta. Margarita-Marangog in Hilongos, Leyte; Camparanga-Manahaw-San Ramon-Canjumadal in Pambujan and Brgy. Magsaysay-Brgy. Somoroy in Bobon, both in Northern Samar.

Jenny Lyn Almeria, PRDP deputy project director, said that these projects have been proposed earlier but were delayed due to processing documentary requirements.

Almeria explained that the RPAB review is part of the preparation for the PRDP scale-up for these to be enrolled for prioritization of PRDP projects nationwide.