Food security in the countryside. Police Regional Office - Cordillera Regional Director PGEN R’Win Pagkalinawan and DA - CAR OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, with DA Secretary William DAR as witness signing a MOA for the “Binhi ng Pagpapapala” program, wherein PRO-Cor through the Regional Mobile Force Batallion will distribute agricultural inputs and assist in backyard farming of DSWD 4Ps household members and people in identified ELCAC barangays. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Urban Agriculture. BFAR - CAR Lilibeth Signey and DA - CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey with Agriculture Secretary William as guest of honor, awards a Solar Powered AquaPhonics System for Miss Earth Philippines Roxanne Allison Baeyens for being DA - CAR';s ambassador for Urban Gardening. The AquaPhonics System was received by her mother Julia Baeyens. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gulayan sa Barangay. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, assisted by DA - CAR officials headed by OIC Regional Executive Director Cameron Odsey, awards agricultural inputs and gardening equipments with a total amount of 769,596 for vegetable gardeing projects of 12 barangays in La Trinidad Benguet. (Carlito Dar/PIA CAR)

FMR benefits more than 11,000 residents, farmers in Benguet town

ATOK, Benguet, Oct. 31(PIA) --Close to 12,000 residents who are mostly farmers in far flung areas in the municipality are set to benefit from the newly completed farm-to-market road project here.


The Department of Agriculture led by Secretary William Dar and OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with Benguet officials led by Governor Melchor Diclas, Atok Mayor Raymundo Sarac and project contactor Joselito Tan of the JOMARCANN General Construction and Northern Builders Joint Venture, led the turn over and inauguration of the Jose Mencio Farm-to-Market Road Improvement Project in Caliking, Atok on Thursday. 

The FMR is an 11.91 kilometer road project with a total cost of P202.34 million funded under the Philippine Rural Development Project. The road improvement project was completed in August this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FMR is expected to benefit 11,825 individuals from 2,561 households in the barangays of Caliking, Topdac, Poblacion, Abiang, Naguey, and Pasdong in Atok.

The FMR will also support the efficient transportation of commodities coming from the barangays like coffee, heirloom rice, chayote, cabbage, carrots, white potato, and taro. It is also expected to contribute significantly in the reduction on post-harvest losses to the agricultural products and in the input and output hauling costs.

“It will significantly reduce postharvest losses by 10%, decrease travel time by 58%, and increase traffic count by 30%,” Dar said. The newly improved FMR is a very important investment with almost 60% improvement to the movement of products from the production area to the markets, and with many households as beneficiaries, he added.

The DA, he said, is keen on implementing more FMR projects in the province to support the Benguet farmers who are supplying 80 to 85%   of the vegetable requirements of the whole country. 

“The work must be done para ang ating probinsya ng Benguet ay mas aangat pa at mas maraming makinabang kung iyong mga liblib na mga pook ay mayroong farm to market roads, “the Secretary stressed.

Local officials and residents expressed their gratitude to the DA and the different stakeholders who took part in realizing the long dream of the people in the area.

Atok Councilor and Liga ng mga Barangay President Danny Sucdad thanked the different stakeholders for realizing the dream of the people in their area for a better road that is now expected to boost the economy and the lives of the people there. 

Mayor Sarac also thanked the lot owners affected by the road improvement projects who did not ask for payments for the road right of way as the residents themselves offered to help in the improvement of the road by using portions of their lots.

Meanwhile, Diclas appealed to the people of Atok   to help in the protection and in making sure that the newly improved road will be used properly. He said the provincial government of Benguet will fund the operation and maintenance of the road.

Benguet Legislative Caretaker Cong. Eric Yap represented by Social Service Head Charen Tacio said that the project improvement of the FMR is deemed to improve farm efficiency, mobility of farm products, and commercial goods, and enhance the quality of life of farmer in this place including the expected to boost production and expand coffee plantation.(JDP/RMC –PIA CAR) 

By Redjie Melvic Cawis




Mt. Province

  • DA-BFAR-CAR boosts fishery in Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 23(PIA)  –  Fish production  in this landlocked province is gaining headway as the  Department of Agriculture (DA) - Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the provincial government continue to provide interventions.

  • TESDA-led Project 'ESEK' benefits 45 farmers in Besao

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Oct. 14 (PIA) -- Forty-five farmers in barangay Tamboan in this municipality are engaged in the training on organic agriculture production and are expected to pursue it as a livelihood.

  • DILG family supports DepEd, learners in Paracelis

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- The Department of the Interior  and Local Government  tri-bureau of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police   are working together to support the learning continuity plan of the Department of Education in this town  during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 26 former rebels in Mountain Province receive livelihood aid

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 7(PIA) -- At least 26 former rebels here received financial assistance from the government.

  • Farmers in ELCAC-identified brgys get livelihood intervention

    MOUNTAIN PROVINCE--Farmers from barangays affected by the issue on insurgency in the province recently received layer chickens and carabaos under the Special Area for Agriculture and Development (SAAD) Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) - Cordillera Regional Office.


  • Ifugao PLGU provides financial aid to landslide victims

    BANAUE, Ifugao, Nov.19 (PIA)--The provincial government released a total of Php440, 000.00 as financial aid to the victims of typhoon Ulysses in the province and a nearby province.

  • DSWD provides Php1.4M financial assistance to Ifugao FRs

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13(PIA) – More than P1.4 million financial assistance was awarded  to  former rebels from the province  who surrendered to government authorities  and embraced peaceful life in their respective communities.

  • OCD turns over financial aid to 12 Ifugao typhoon-affected families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 19 (PIA) - - Twelve families affected by typhoon “Ompong” in the  municipalities of  Mayaoyao and Tinoc received financial assistance from the government through the Office of the Civil Defense – Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR).  

  • Ifugao town resumes market days with compliance to health protocols

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 20(PIA) - - Regular market days in this municipality resumed recently with strict compliance to  the mandatory proper wearing of face mask/shield and physical distancing ordinance and other issued health protocols.

  • Ifugao reorganizes Provincial Task Force-ELCAC

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct. 14 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Provincial Development Council (PDC) passed Joint Resolution No. 2020-01 reorganizing the membership of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC).





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