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APAYAO FARM-TO-MARKET ROAD TO END LOCAL INSURGENCY

The ongoing construction of an 11.85-kilometer Sta. Maria-Mallig-Upper Atok farm-to-market road (FMR) in Flora, Apayao is seen to boost economic livelihood and to help resolve insurgency in the area once completed.

The P195-million project is under the World Bank-supported Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) with a 10 percent counterpart fund from the provincial government of Apayao.

The road is expected to benefit at least three farming villages of Flora such as Barangays Santa Maria, Mallig and Upper Atok.

A composite team from the provincial government of Apayao led by Governor Eleanor Bulut-Begtang recently inspected the project, which is expected to be completed next year.

In a consultation meeting with village officials, Bulut-Begtang urged residents to help the government in ensuring peace and order in their respective barangays, especially in the light of reported activities of communist terrorists.

Clashes between Philippine Army troopers and the communist rebels last March occurred in two interior barangays of Flora.

“Peace and order is the driving force that will allow us to overcome challenges and will open more doors to progress in the province,” the lady governor said during the meeting.

“The farm-to-market road will open up investment and livelihood opportunities while improving the delivery of government services closer to people.”

Once the multimillion farm-to-market road is completed, she expressed optimism that it will not only attract better market opportunities to benefit banana growers in the area but it will also open up investment and livelihood opportunities while improving the delivery of government services closer to people.

Amid an ongoing pandemic, the province of Apayao continues to implement its various infrastructure development projects such as the FMR improvement project in Flora town.

Other sub-projects in support of the program include the establishment of a warehouse in the municipalities of Sta. Marcela, Luna, Flora, Calanasan and Pudtol, a coffee processing center in Calanasan and a multipurpose banana trading center in Barangay Poblacion, Flora town which will soon consolidate banana produce in the said municipality.

“This will facilitate easier transport of farmers’ produce to the market.”

“We are so much thankful for this project as this would facilitate easier transport of farmers’ produce to the market,” said Flora Vice Mayor Jessica de San Jose during the meeting.

De San Jose assured that the people of Flora will always be in full support of the provincial government’s efforts to alleviate poverty particularly in uplifting the lives of locals. 

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