By Betheena Unite
Concreting of three farm-to-market roads in Southern Leyte was recently completed that has now made it easier for farmers to transport their produce, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.
The three newly-completed agricultural roads are located in Barangay Tawid and Barangay Tomoy-tomoy in Maasin City; and in Barangay San Vicente – Barangay Pancil – Barangay Aurora in Malitbog City.
A total of P15 million was spent to finish the projects.
According to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, these roads used to be “bumpy and dusty, but have been converted into two-lane roads with a total length of three kilometers.”
“Farm-to-market roads have been tagged as priority projects by the government in the agricultural province of Southern Leyte to reduce farm product prices and to make food more available to its people,” Villar said.
Meanwhile, some farm-to-market roads in the province, including the roads in San Jose to Gawisan; Nati to Bato I; Matin-ao to Cansirung; Pinaskuhan to Hinapo Gamay; Nonok Norte to San Agustin and Bactul I to Bactul II of Maasin City; in Poblacion to Coot in Padre Burgos Town are under construction, Villar added.
DPWH-Southern Leyte District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia, on the other hand, said that the ongoing road projects in Southern Leyte are expected to be completed within the first three months of the year.