P1.6-B for farm-to-market roads released
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture will receive P1.6 billion for the repair, rehabilitation, and construction of farm-to-market roads all over the country, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.
Better roads will expand farmers’ capacity to sell their goods and help them gain access to a larger commercial base, according to DBM Secretary Florencio Abad.
Of the total released amount, P1.38 billion was sourced from "continuing appropriations" under the 2012 General Appropriations Act.
Region IV will get the most funds with P394.75-M, more than Region V's P160-M and Region VI's P151-M.
The remaining P214.33 million will come from savings generated by the DA's regional field units.
Abad explained that the funds may also be used to rehabilitate existing but broken and damaged farm-to-market roads.
Developing farm-to-market roads is a key component of the Aquino administration’s drive to invest further in infrastructure and public construction.
“The work we’re doing to ensure inclusive growth is in fact underscored by projects like these, where the benefits to a community are immediate and real, and where the ordinary Filipino stands to gain much from the government’s efforts,” Abad said. - with reports from Carlos Santamaria/Rappler.com