Salhag-Kailingan FMR Project: A dream come true for Rosario, Northern Samar

Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 Published Date

The concreting of Salhag to Kailingan Farm to Market Road is now on its way to becoming a reality. This is sort of good news and welcome development for the farmers of Brgy. Kailingan, Rosario, Northern Samar, since it will end their long-time struggle in transporting their goods to the market. Thanks to the financial assistance of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) of the Department of Agriculture.

“Brgy. Kailingan will soon be accessible in a few months. Instead of walking for three to four hours, people will enjoy riding various types of vehicles without worrying about expensive fare rate, and reducing the 15 minutes to a five-minute ride,” Environmental Planner Rechel Depina, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator said.

This 2.9-kilometer road concreting has been ongoing since March 2019 and is expected to be completed within the year.

According to Engr. Francisco M. Ereno, Jr., Municipal Engineer of Rosario, N.Samar, the construction is now ongoing. “To date, the clearing and grubbing is done, so as the surplus common excavation.”

Ereno, being the head of the technical team of the local government unit shared that they are closely monitoring the activities of the construction. In fact, they visit the site twice a week and ask for updates everyday.

The formerly footrail, passable only by habal-habal, will have concrete pavement which can help more types of vehicles to access this road. It will be elevated from 0.3 meters to 1.5 meters to mitigate flood, since there are creeks nearby Brgy. Kailingan, where water rises during rainy season.

Reymund Ballicud, Barangay Chairman and a resident of Brgy. Kailingan enumerated their challenges in bringing their harvests to the mainland. “Since the road is bumpy and narrow, we have to pack our goods well to secure its quality until it reaches the market.”

“Whenever it rains, it is hard for us to transport our products because the road is muddy. It will be risky to travel, thus the habal-habal drivers ask for higher fare. Because of this, our supposed profit is reduced or we gained nothing at all,” he added.

The livelihood in Brgy. Kailingan is purely agriculture. They sell their harvested goods to the public market of Rosario and some even export them to neighboring towns, like Catarman.

Unfortunately, reports have reached the LGU that some of the farmers’ products have not reached the market since they can’t afford the habal-habal fare. Some has also said that after days of raining, the road is not accessible so their harvests were left rotten in their places.

According to EnP Depina, this concerned the LGU until FMR Project of DA-PRDP was introduced to them.

“It is fulfilling in our part to see that the construction has commenced and is now progressing after years of processing the requirements. I was involved and witnessed the whole thing that makes me say - aiming for a smooth road wasn’t a smooth process at all,” Depina revealed.

“This FMR road will not just benefit the livelihood of farmers in Brgy. Kailingan but the whole well-being of the 1,615 residents of this far-flung community,” he added.  (JENNINA JUNE LEIRA L. BROSAS, Information Writer, PRDP RPCO 8, FRANCISCO C. ROSAROSO, InfoACE Unit Head)


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