LA PAZ, Leyte – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte second district engineering office has recently completed seven farm-to-market road projects meant to improve road access and trade in three Leyte towns.
These projects include the concrete paving of Barangay Calaghusan to Caltayan and Brgy. Cogon to Buracan roads both in La Paz budgeted at P5 million each; Brgy. Tigbao to Romualdez road in Dulag worth P6 million; and four farm-to-market (FMR) roads in Mac Arthur, Brgy. Casuntingan to Osmeña, Brgy. Liwayway to Danao, Brgy. Sta. Isabel and Brgy. Gen. Luna roads with a total worth of P21 million.
According to Engr. Gerald Pacanan, head of the Leyte 2nd engineering district office, the completion of these projects would increase agricultural productivity, income opportunities, and provide easier access to basic social services such as health centers and educational facilities to these communities.
“These concreted roads will help our hardworking farmers transport their farm products to commercial areas easier. Eventually, it will improve the overall economic progress of these towns,” he said.
For 2018, the district is tasked to implement a total of eight FMR roads with a total length of 4.2761 kilometers, of which one is still ongoing.
FMR projects is funded under the convergence program of the DPWH and the Department of Agriculture that aims to promote inclusive growth and poverty reduction in the country’s hard to reach areas through better road connectivity.