GMA TO LAUNCH 7 KILOMETER FARM-TO-MARKET ROAD IN MISAMIS
CONCEPCION, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL, JANUARY 28, 2009 (STAR) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will launch here on Wednesday the construction of a seven-kilometer farm-to-market road that would benefit some 6,000 farmers in six barangays and a town in Zamboanga del Norte.
Upon her arrival on Wednesday afternoon, the President will lead the capsule-laying rites in Barangay Poblacion for the P10-million Poblacion-Maligubaan farm-to-market road to be funded by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
To welcome the President are local residents and officials led by Misamis Occidental Gov. Leo Ocampos, 1st District Rep Marina Clarete, Concepcion Mayor Benjamin Pilota Jr., Vice Mayor Juanidy Vina and the regional officials of government line agencies.
Expected to accompany the President is Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Nasser Pangandaman who will give a briefing on the road project.
Mayor Pilota said the Poblacion-Maligubaan road that will connect to La Libertad, Zambaonga del Norte benefit some 6,000 farmers from Barangays Poblacion, Maligubaan, Capule, Mantukoy, Giban and Virayan as well as other impoverished communities in the fifth class municipality of La Libertad.
Aside from creating economic opportunities, the road completion would also cut travel time between Concepcion and Zamboanga del Norte by more that one hour, Mayor Pilota said.
He said the road project would also bolster the agro-forestry development program and economy of his town and the neighboring areas in Zamboanga del Norte that engaged in coconut and vegetable production and fruit farming.
Abaca and rubber plantations are being supported by the local government and the Department of Agriculture (DA).
“We fully appreciate and thank the President for supporting our agro-forestry program, and for visiting Concepcion, the first visit here by a President in more than half a century,” the mayor said.
Nestles 2,000 feet above sea level on the fringe of Mount Amparo beside the Mt. Malindang Natural Park, Concepcion is bounded on the north by the town of Sapang Dalaga; on the west by Zamboanga del Norte, on the east by Oroquieta City and on the south by the municipality of Don Victoriano.
Only 12 kilometers away from the national highway in Sapang Dalaga, Concepcion can be reached after a bumpy 45-minute ride. The road conditions, residents here said, are worse during the rainy seasons.
A sixth class municipality, Concepcion is one of the two poorest hinterland municipalities in the province. The other is Don Victoriano, which the President visited when she was still a senator.
Upon the instruction of the President, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is conducting “Galing Masahista” and “Galing Mekaniko” trainings for the residents of Concepcion and other towns in the province to help residents become self-employed.
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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