A local road leading to various agricultural producing areas in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental is now improved to pave way for faster transport of products from farms to the market.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineering Office recently concreted a 541-lineal meter, 6.1-meter wide 2-lane local road in Barangay Tagukon.
The ₱9.9-million road concreting funded under the District’s FY 2022 General Appropriations Act (GAA), includes the construction of slope protection, installation of reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings, and provision of solar lights for safety especially at night.
Based on the report of District Engineer Rodney A. Gustilo, DPWH 6 Regional Director Nerie D. Bueno said the paved road enhances mobility, eases the transport of farm products, and provides easier access to basic government services.
“This local road provides access to four communities in the uplands of Brgy. Tagukon in Kabankalan City, which are identified as vast producers of crops and other agricultural products being supplied to the city, hence, this road improvement is beneficial especially to our farmers in faster transport of their products are at lower hauling cost,” Director Bueno said.
According to Mr. Falconiere Gomez, a farmer who resides in one of the communities, vehicles can reach their farms and their products can be easily transported to the market because of the concrete road.
“Ginapas an namon sang una ang amon mga produkto o ginakarga sa mga sapat kag kadugay mag abot sa tienda. Subong, may mga salakyan na nga makaderetso sa amon mga uma kag mahapos na magdala sang amon produkto sa syudad (We used to carry our products by ourselves or carried by animals and it took as long time traveling to reach the market. Now, vehicles can reach our farms and it is now easy to deliver our products to the city),” Mr. Gomez said.
In most areas of Brgy. Tagukon, people mainly depend in the cultivation of farm products such as palay, bananas, sugarcanes and vegetables as their primary source of living. Hence the improvement of this access road enhances their socio-economic condition.
“This road concreting project is one of the eminent contributions of DPWH to identified agricultural and potential agricultural areas in local communities for sustainable supply of products to the markets. This will likewise provide our people in remote areas an easier access to health, education and other public services offered by our government,” Director Bueno stressed. (DPWH-6)