CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The construction of two vital farm-to-market roads (FMR) in Nueva Ecija is now in full swing even amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Rural Infrastructure Engineer Bon Alexis Guatato on Monday said the two projects — the PHP72-million R.A. Padilla-Bunga in Carranglan and the PHP38-million Poblacion Sur-La Torre-Bantug-Mamandil in Talavera — are under the Department of Agriculture -Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP).
He said the DA-PRDP is determined to complete the two projects this year as part of its efforts to stimulate growth and increase productivity in the light of the pandemic.
So far, he said the seven-kilometer R.A. Padilla-Bunga project has achieved 26.73% in its physical accomplishment.
“The contractor and on-site workers are strictly complying with the infrastructure guidelines in accordance with the health and safety protocols and guidelines,” Guatato said in a statement.
On the other hand, the 3.7-kilometer Poblacion Sur-La Torre- Bantug – Mamandil farm-to-market road in Talavera is 67 percent complete.
Rural Infrastructure Engineer Lester Bacual said that major activities on-site include the concreting of the remaining unpaved portion of the road and the construction of grouted riprap to provide protection and prevent scouring of the road.
He said the road will provide access to the four barangays in Talavera, namely Poblacion Sur, La Torre, Bantug and Mamandil that will serve as an essential linkage of farmers and their farm products to the intended markets in the municipality.
“Vision of a concrete access road has always been a dream for farmers here and in just a few months that will become a reality,” Bacual said. (PNA)