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Friday, June 19, 2015

DAR-ARCP II inks MOA with Zambo Norte LGUs

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Department of Agrarian Reform in Zamboanga del Norte, through the Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2-Performance-Based Grant System (ARCP-2-PBGS) recently signed a Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Finance-Municipal Development Fund Office(DOF-MDFO) and some municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte for the implementation of various infrastructure projects.

These projects will be funded by the $70-million loan acquired by the Philippine government from the Asian Development Bank and $30-million from the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Recipient municipalities are Siayan, Sirawai, Siocon, Tampilisan, and Gutalac.

Under the MOA signed by Siayan Mayor Flora Villarosa and DAR-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Mohammad DassanAdju,Siayangets P86,363,588.18 for its seven projects to include the rehabilitation and concreting of farm to market roads (FMR) namely: Polayo-Denuyan– 1 km; Paranglumba -1.5-km; SitioBolanao-Litolet – 3km ;Moyo-SitioPase -353 km ; 19 Gonayen-Sayaw– 19 km;Munoz-Litolet FMR – 2.703 km; and the construction of 3.7 FMR from Poblacion to Moyo.

Gutalacalso gets P20,021,584.09 forsix sub-projects. These are construction of four Elementary School buildings in Barangays Map, Upper Gutalac, Buenavistaand Bagong-Silang, and2 day care centers in Upper Gutalac and BagongSilang.

Meanwhile, P28,151,987 million has been earmarked for Tampilisanfor the upgrading/rehabilitation of Poblacion-New DapitanFMR and concreting of Poblacion-ZNAC FMR.

The town of Sirawai, on the other hand has a total project cost of P17,551,521.48-million for the construction of Panabutan and Catuyan Elementary School buildings and construction of Sipakit FMR.

Siocon has an allocation of P69,522,055.09million for the canalization of 50-hectare Lituban Communal Irrigation System   and concreting of JNR Pangian-Greenridge FMR.

Adju said the project aims to assist the government to promote sustainable development and help achieve a more rapid reduction of poverty in the province.

“This is also in line with DAR’s thrust to continually deliver intensive support services to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and other farmers in the agrarian reform communities (ARCs).