The provincial government of Saragani aims to develop Maasim town as an agribusiness hub, Philippine News Agency (PNA) revealed.
Php 57 million worth of farm-to-market roads will soon to be accomplished early next year which is funded by Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). The said infrastructure links agricultural production area in the coastal municipality.
“The implementation of the road concreting project is underway, covering at least 4.59 kilometers of the provincial road from Barangay Kanalo to Barangay Nomoh in Maasim,”Gerald Faciol, assistant provincial administrator, stated in the report.
“The project, which broke ground last July 17, is among the priority infrastructure initiatives in the province that were approved for implementation this year under the PRDP,” he added.
Moreover, at least 875 households or 4,077 residents will be benefited from the project. These are mostly indigenous peoples from barangays Kanalo and Nomoh.
“Despite being productive in terms of agriculture, the transportation of crops (to the markets) has been quite difficult because of the rugged and bumpy dirt roads,” he said.
Maasim town produces coconut, corn, banana and coffee farms.
Apart from developing the agribusiness, access of social services from the government will also be easier for the residents.
“PRDP, which is implemented by the Department of Agriculture, considered the project to help further develop the thriving abaca farms in Barangay Nomoh,” Faciol mentioned.
Motorcycles or the ‘habal-habal’ are the only transportation that can access Nomoh and other sitios.
Thus, farmers faced the struggle in carrying their agricultural produce.
Interestingly, PRDP approved the Kanalo-Nomoh road project under the Intensified Building up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development or I-Build component.