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A Smoother Road for a Smoother Trip in Barangay Sinacbat, Bakun



During harvest seasons, a six hour trip is needed to transport their vegetable goods to the market center.  With high hopes of returning home with profit, the farmers have to traverse first the rough narrow road, which sometimes is slippery and muddy due to rain. During summer, the road is too dusty.


The road condition is costly to the farmers in terms of their health, and for marketing of quality produce.    

The improvement of the Benbeng- Beyeng Farm to Market Road (FMR) made a difference to the living condition of local residents in Barangay Sinacbat of Bakun, Benguet today.

According to Mrs. Helen Anamong, Barangay Health Worker and BPMET President, the 6 hour trip from the barangay to the La Trinidad Trading Post can now be travelled in 4-5 hours. This, she said made a big progress not only in farming but to the barangay as a whole. The improvement of the road has allowed the farmers to transport their vegetables with lesser damage. It also allowed locals to go to Baguio City and return on the same day. 

The estimated ₱23.6M worth of the 6.2 kilometer FMR project of the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) was turned over to some 390HHs-beneficiaries on March 9, 2016.  The completion of the road may be long overdue caused by some constraints such as typhoon yet the ribbon cutting ceremony of the road construction proved that it is now fully operational.

Mrs. Anamong noted that with the farmers traveling in shorter span of time on a smooth road, the farmers can now expect a higher profit. Thus, their vehicles can as well take another trip in a row not worrying for their vehicular operating costs. Aside from that, the children can have a safe trip going to their school especially on rainy days. Patients can also have a few worry when being transferred to the main hospital.

Aside from Barangay Sinacbat, the FMR also serves the neighboring barangay Bagu. Both barangays rely on farming as their main livelihood with the produce of potato, carrots, beans, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cucumber and zucchini

The road construction followed the cost sharing from CHARMP2-70%, DA-20%, and PLGU- 10%. //Sheena Mauricio

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