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CHARMP2 turns over two FMR subprojects to

Kibungan folks




Farmer-beneficiaries of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) in Madaymen, Kibungan can now transport their farm inputs and agricultural produce to local markets faster and with lesser post-harvest damages. This came to reality after two farm-to-market roads (FMR) were completed and turned over last February 26 at Madaymen Proper, Kibungan, Benguet.


The completed FMR subprojects include the Improvement of Tonguey-Proper Madaymen and the Improvement of Daupyungo-Sagangasang-Masala-Dael-Colili FMR with a total length of 2,335 meters and 840 meters, respectively. Both projects serve various agricultural lands in the municipality that produces vegetables such as cabbage, carrot, chinese cabbage and potato.


Mr. Benito S. Long-a, farmer beneficiary of Tonguey-Proper Madaymen FMR and a barangay kagawad of Madaymen, noted that with the improvement of the FMR hauling labor expenses of harvested vegetables from farm to main road decreased. Also, transportation period became shorter.


“When the road was not yet cemented, it takes around 5 hours to transport our harvests from the farm to the local market (La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post). This contributes to higher percentage of post-harvest damages even before reaching the trading area,” expressed Mr. Long-a.


With the improved road conditions in their community, Mr. Long-a can already reach trading post at 2-3 hours only. More so, he added that farm activities takes shorter time to accomplish now with the shortened distance and better road conditions going to their farms.


Acting Mayor Hon. Aureiana B. Sacpa also reiterated the three keys to the projects’ success: CHARMP2, local government unit, and community people who helped especially those who were affected by the road right of way for allowing the farm-to-market roads to become reality.


“It will become a legacy to the young leaders, farmers, children in the future if these roads will be maintained and sustained,” stressed Hon. Sacpa.


The FMR subprojects follow cost-sharing scheme and participatory approach in its implementation. Cost sharing scheme for the Improvement of Daupyungo-Sagangasang-Masala-Dael-Colili FMR is 70% (Project) โ€“ 20% (DA-CAR) โ€“ 10% (Municipal and Barangay LGU) while the Tonguey-Proper Madaymen is 70% (Project) โ€“ 30% (PLGU). The former has a total project cost of Php4,200,000.00 while the latter amounted to Php3,013,000.00 with the Universal De Leon and construction aggregates as its contractor.// Janice B. Agrifino

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