Construction of P232-million farm-to-market road starts in Southern Leyte

The construction of a P232-million farm-to-market road, (FMR) which will link the towns of Lilo-an and San Ricardo in Southern Leyte, has begun last March 24.

The 19.4-kilometer road ranks among the most expensive project to be funded under the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) PRDP.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the rehabilitation and improvement of the San Roque-Bahay subproject was held on March 24.

“This is the biggest PRDP-funded infrastructure subproject in the region. Perhaps, it even ranks among the highest throughout the country,” said Nichols A. Manalo, DA executive director in Eastern Visayas.

Manalo said he expects the project to boost the agriculture and tourism potentials in the area. He said the road offers on one side a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, where fish remains abundant, while the other side is a fertile expanse of land suitable for crops and livestock production. “This place has a lot to offer,” he said.

Once completed, the FMR will provide a vital link between the towns of Lilo-an and San Ricardo and benefit 2,203 households from 14 barangays between the two towns.

Source: Business Mirror