Catarman, Northern Samar – The Department of Public Works and Highways, Northern Samar First District Engineering Office (DEO), recently completed a P19.69-million Farm-to-Market Road (Phase II) in Brgy. Libjo, Catarman, Northern Samar.

The project involves construction of a road spanning the length of 338 meters with reinforced concrete-lined canals with length of 359 linear meters on both sides, and Grouted Riprap.

District Engineer Mario D. Villena stated that the newly completed road project will significantly enhance agricultural productivity in traversed areas.

The transportation of agricultural products from farms to the market will now be more convenient and efficient.

Merlita Pangandoyon, a resident of Brgy. Libjo, revealed that there has been a significant change since the road was built.

“It’s good that the road is finally finished because it used to be difficult for people to pass through here since this area was purely rural. Before, people had to carry their groceries downhill, but now vehicles can go straight through. We are very thankful that the road reached this area because it’s now easier for people to pass through, and students no longer have a hard time walking. Scooters can now traverse the road as well. So, we are very grateful. To those who constructed the road here, thank you very much,” she said.

FMRs are funded under the convergence program of the DPWH and the Department of Agriculture. (ANALIZA A. PABIA, PIO Alternate/PR)