The Department of Agriculture, through its Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program turned over a farm-to-market road (FMR) with a 200-meter hanging footbridge worth P11 million to Barangay Poblacion and Barangay Tagoyango, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur.
The FMR and the footbridge project serves a total of 1,560 farmers from Brgy. Poblacion, Brgy. Tagoyango, and Brgy. Kioya. The project helps the farmers and the people of the three villages transport farm products easier, and also provides access to more opportunities as well as basic social services.
The newly constructed hanging footbridge from Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Tagoyango is now an artery that links farmlands in the poblacion to the national highway.
“The farmers, including the residents in our barangay, are very grateful for the newly constructed hanging foot-bridge. This project will help us farmers [reduce] the transportation cost of our agricultural products at [by] least at one peso per kilo. The residents in Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Kioya were also relieved as the bridge will give us easier access in times of calamities and emergencies,” said Fe M. Sarabia, Chairperson of Taguyango Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
“As one of the beneficiaries of this project, we are now planning to make a local ordinance in our barangay to regulate the usage and protect the hanging footbridge from abusive locals. This will be our action to ensure sustainability of government projects and show value to the intervention we have received,” said Julieta A. Sotto, barangay captain of Tagoyango.
The project was made possible through the partnership between the local government unit (LGUs) and civic organizations. LGU-Sibagat gave P2 million as counterpart funds in establishing the project.
—From the Department of Agriculture