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DA: P220 million for rural road network in Bicol

PILI, Camarines Sur (Dec 8, 2011) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has earmarked P220.300 million for farm to market roads in the Bicol region that will start construction on January 2012.

DA Bicol regional director Jose Dayao said on Friday (Dec. 2) that in view of the worldwide climate change, the Aquino government’s thrust on food security shall give importance to building  infrastructure in rural areas, including irrigation facilities,  to support strategic agricultural zones.

In Legazpi City, DPWH Bicol director Danilo Dequito said that the first batch of farm to market road projects amounts to P53 million for the province of Camarines Norte, 2nd district of Albay, 2nd district of Masbate and 1st and 2nd districts of Sorsogon.

Dequito said  P125.300 million shall be released for the 2nd batch and  P42 million for the 3rd.

Preliminary detail engineering works, plans and programs of work have been prepared by the DPWH while awaiting the release of the said funds, but awarding of the projects were done in advance this December to fast-track the implementation early next year, Dequito said.

According to Dayao, by 2012 a satellite aided geographic monitoring system dubbed as “Geo-tagging” (similar to “GPS” technology) will be used by both the DA and DPWH to monitor the construction of farm to market roads.

Bicol region are among regions in the country that were given huge budget by the national government for “farm to market roads projects”. (SONNY SALES)