January 29, 2023

The improvement along Jose Mencio farm-to-market road (FMR) in Atok, Benguet will be turned over on Oct. 29.

The 11.91-kilometer FMR has a project cost of P202.31 million funded by the World Bank, with counterpart funding from the Department of Agriculture under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), and the provincial government of Benguet.

DA Regional Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey said a turnover ceremony will be held to commemorate the completion of the FMR after some challenging years of its implementation.

The road project, which traverses six barangays in Atok – Abiang, Caliking, Topdac, Poblacion, Naguey, and Pasdong – is expected to boost coffee production and expand coffee plantation by 20 percent annually upon the operation of the subproject.

The road improvement started at the intersection connecting barangays Caliking and Topdac and ends at the intersection connecting barangays Poblacion and Naguey, benefitting around 2,561 households.

Construction activities for the FMR improvement started in the first quarter of 2017 by the Jomarcann General Construction. – Elvy S. Taquio