|DA-SELAP Phase 2 Tubo-Tubo, Cagwait FMR|
Shortens travel time, convenience to transport agricultural and aqua products, boosts local trade.
These are just few of the perks enjoyed nowadays by the Caraganons who are directly benefitted from the implementation of the Support to Emergency and Livelihood
Assistance Program (SELAP) Phase II in various parts of the region.
Since the implementation of the SELAP Phase II in 2012, the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 13 had implemented 12 farm to market roads with a total length of 8.585 kilometers amounting to P48.5 million.
All SELAP Phase II FMRs are fully concrete in adherence of the policy implemented by the current administration to make infra projects durable and could withstand all weather conditions.
The 12 farm to market roads are implemented at Buenavista, Magallanes and Santiago in Agusan del Norte; San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte and San Miguel, Lanuza and Cagwait in Surigao del Sur.
These include the two newly completed FMRs in Cagdianao and Dinagat of the Province of Dinagat Islands.
The said projects were turned-over by DA Caraga to the LGU recipients last June 20, 2016 and on June 24, 2016 at Cagwait, Surigao del Sur.
Side by side with the implementation of the farm to market roads are livelihood components to hasten the development of the service areas.
A total of 19 livelihood projects were implemented amounting to P5.7 million and currently managed by the people’s organizations.
Each PO were funded P300,000.00 for their livelihood projects ranging from food processing, handicraft making and value added products from abaca and coconut.
Mayor Marc Adelson Longos of the Municipality of Cagdianao said that DA is the biggest contributor in terms of project for the development of their town.
“I am so grateful that DA Caraga keeps coming back here in our place to pour projects in our locality, which certainly helps in solving our problem particularly the road network,” Longos said.
Members of the Samahan ng mga Magsasaka sa Cagwait (SAMACA), a recipient of the livelihood project in Cagwait, Surigao del Sur now supplies abaca handicraft in a well known resort in Surigao del Sur benefitting its members with an additional income for the family.
To ensure its sustainability, DA Caraga Regional Director Edna Mabeza urged the respective LGUs to conduct regular monitoring of the SELAP implemented projects.
“It is important that the project will sustain for a longer period of time so that recipients would enjoy its benefits even after the government interventions since SELAP is already on its final stage,” she said.
The Support to Emergency and Livelihood Assistance Project (SELAP) is a special project of the Government of the Philippines executed by the Department of Agriculture funded under the US Public Law 480 (US PL 480).
It is primarily designed to cater to the needs of the poorest or marginalized areas in Mindanao. It is implemented in Regions IX, XI and Caraga.
SELAP Phase 2 had been implemented since 2012 and supposed to terminate last year but it has been extended until June this year while SELAP Phase 1 run from 2006 to 2011. (Aurelius P. Arais/ DA Caraga)