December 8, 2023

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Two farm-to-market road (FMR) projects of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) are under technical review for final approval and funding.

A joint team from the Regional Project Coordination Office, National Project Coordination Office, and Project Support Office of the DA-PRDP recently held a technical review of the proposed improvement of the 12.7-kilometer Pinukpuk -Junction-Pakawit-Binansagan FMR and the seven-km Balinciagao Sur-Magsilay-Malucsad FMR in Pasil.

Funded under the PRDP Intensified Building-Up of Infrastructure and Logistics for Development and as per program of work, Pinukpuk FMR has a project cost of P276 million while that in Pasil costs P188.5M.

Provincial Agriculturist Domingo Bakilan said consultants from DA-PRDP Subproject Appraisal Committee conducted on-site assessment of the two projects on July 13 and 14.

“The activity aims to ensure consistency of the detailed engineering design versus the actual road conditions to avoid future variations during implementation,” Bakilan said.

He said the Kalinga PRDP Provincial Project Management Implementing Unit-Technical Working Group is hands-on for the review of all documents and preparation of remaining requirements.

Other proposed PRDP projects in Kalinga are the construction of Rizal warehouse with multipurpose drying pavement and trading center; construction of Chutar Communal Irrigation System in Tulgao, Tinglayan; improvement of Mallango-Belong FMR; and construction of Mabongtot CIS. – Peter Balocnit