THE Department of Agrarian Reform has poured P404 million for development projects in Zamboanga Peninsula.
Secretary John Castriciones said the budget allocation will fund various rural infrastructure and livelihood projects in support of the sustainable rural development program of the Duterte administration.
“The Zamboanga Peninsula, whose residents consists mainly of farmers and fisherfolks, will greatly benefit from these infrastructure facilities. These will enhance the rural economy and in the process, create job opportunities,” he said.
The DAR chief, along with Undersecretary for Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong, recently led the turnover of the rural development projects worth P404 million in a certificate of land ownership award distribution ceremony for 997 farmer-beneficiaries.
“The certificates of land ownership are just the first step towards more support from the government. We will follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s national goal of improving the economic lives of our farmers by pouring various support services to farm communities,” he said.
The multimillion project included the rehabilitation and construction of 13 farm-to-market roads, two communal irrigation systems, one 28.8 linear meter bridge, provision of potable water facilities, provision of rubber seedlings, fertilizers, swine production, provision of farm tools, construction of post-harvest facilities and processing centers for abaca mat-weaving and other handicrafts.
“More than 10,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries will benefit from these projects. But not only our farmers, these [projects] would also directly benefit residents, around 23,000 households in Zamboanga peninsula,” Bistoyong said.