Paved Roads Benefit Agri-communities in Iloilo

The municipality of Zarraga and the district of Jaro in Iloilo now have improved access to agricultural products thanks to two (2) farm-to-market roads (FMR) that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently concreted.

According to DPWH Region 6 Director Nerie D. Bueno, the road project in Zarraga involves concreting of a 2.9-kilometer, 2-lane portland concrete cement pavement (PCCP) access road with slope protection from Barangay Inagdangan to Barangay Talibong.

“The concrete road will serve as a primary access in transporting products and services from farms to the market and neighboring towns, and also provide a faster and more convenient route from Iloilo East Coast Capiz Road to Iloilo-Capiz Road (New Route) and vice versa,” said Director Bueno.

The concreting of the Barangay Inagdangan-Talibong FMR was undertaken by DPWH Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office (DEO) in the amount of P32.3 million.

Meanwhile, DPWH Iloilo City DEO, in convergence with the Department of Agriculture has finished concreting a P10-million worth FMR in Jaro District.

Citing a report from District Engineer Cezar Hipona, Jr., Director Bueno said that the 246-lineal meter, 2-lane FMR with gravel shoulder now better connects the agricultural community of Barangay Lanit to various markets in the highly-urbanized city.

The newly-paved FMRs will reduce travel time and hauling cost, providing more income to farmers and boosting agricultural development in the province.

“DPWH will continue to support the agricultural sector by implementing significant road projects that will enhance mobility and access to essential services and establishments, and help develop our rural communities,” added Director Bueno.

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