INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT TURN-OVER. A formal turn-over of the Department of Agrarian Reform’s P49.6 million road and bridge project funded by Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III is held in Barobo, Surigao del Sur. After DAR handed the project documents to Provincial Governor Johnny Pimentel (fifth from left), the latter turns over the papers to Barobo Mayor Felixberto Urbiztondo (fourth from left) as DAR-Caraga Regional Director Julita Ragandang (fifth from right) Asst. Regional Director Daylinda Narisma (third from right), Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Benjamin Mataksil (extreme right), ARISP National Project Manager Henry Zapata, and National Project Engineer Mel Lamboon watch. Photo by Joie Ceballos
By JOIE CEBALLOS
BAROBO, Surigao del Sur – The Department of Agrarian Reform handed the completed works for the National Road Junction (NRJ) Dughan-Javier farm-to-market road in Barobo town here last October 16, 2015.
The P49.6 million project funded under the DAR Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (ARISP-III) includes the improvement of a 7-kilometer road and construction of a 36.8-meter flatslab bridge expected to serve 834 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and more than a thousand residents of Barangays Dughan, San Jose and Javier here.
Present during the turn-over ceremony were Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, DAR Regional Director Julita Ragandang, Barobo Mayor Felixberto Urbiztondo, ARISP Assistant National Project Manager (NPM) Henry Zapata, National Project Engineer Mel Lamboon, Assistant Regional Director Daylinda Narisma and Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Benjamin Mataksil.
Governor Pimentel lauded the Department of Agrarian Reform for its effort and urged the farmers to do its part in taking good care of the project.
Ragandang thanked the provincial and municipal governments for their support especially in generating the LGUs’ counterpart in the project. “Indeed, the counterpart of the local government is essential in realizing the project,” she said.
Asst. NPM Zapata reminded both the local government and the farmers to play a very important role in the project’s post-construction phase which is “to use it with care and not to contribute to its destruction.”
For Dughan Barangay Captain Alex Maceda, the project is a dream come true. “Thank you so much to all the government agencies, most especially to DAR for remembering us,” he said in the dialect.
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