A road that connects Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur is now being paved to complete a 79-kilometer road network in Zamboanga Peninsula, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced.
Concreting of the Sindangan-Bayog-Lakewood Road is now in full swing to provide a faster route between the two provinces, according to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.
The project begins at National Road Junction Dipolog-Sindangan-Liloy Road, traversing multiple municipalities in Zamboanga del Norte, and ends at Junction Tubod-Lakewood Road in Zamboanga del Sur.
“With the released funds amounting to P3 billion, a total of 51 kilometers were already completed while 4.95-kilometers of road with an accomplishment rate of 65 percent is still ongoing,” Villar said.
He said that once the entire 79.346-kilometer road project is completed, the usual six-hour travel time will be reduced to just four hours, making transport of goods and services more efficient for both tourists, residents, and small and medium-sized enterprises in the area.
Meanwhile, a 5.9-kilometer farm-to-market road project in the municipality of Kadilingan, Bukidnon was completed recently.
“This farm-to-market road was implemented to minimize the transportation and delivery cost of agricultural products, hence increasing the Kadilingan town’s agricultural productivity and income of small-scale farmers,” Villar said.
The project involves the concreting of a two-lane gravel local road traversing Barangay Cabadiangan to Barangay Matampay.
The Public Works and Highways Secretary said the agricultural road was completed under a P67-million budget. It is a convergence project of the department with the Department of Agrarian Reform-Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (DAR-MinSAAD) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
DAR-MinSAAD project aims to increase household incomes by enabling the farmers and their organizations to engage in more profitable income-generating activities, on a sustainable basis, through the provision of rural infrastructure and capacity building in the target settlement areas.