Kabayan Farmers Thankful for 1.14-km Road Improvement
KABAYAN FARMERS THANKFUL FOR 1.14-KM ROAD IMPROVEMENT
“Dakkel maitulong na daytoy nga project para kadakami nga umili,” said Romeo Waclin, a farmer in Lusod, Kabayan referring to the recently completed improvement project along Proper Lusod to Awing Access Road. Lusod, one of the remotest barangays in the province, is among the places recently visited by Governor Dr. Melchor Daguines Diclas to listen first-hand to the concerns of the constituents in far flung areas and assess their needs and priorities. Governor Diclas allocated a total of P6.5 million for the road development along Proper Lusod to Awing Access Road. The first phase worth 1.5 million was completed last February while the second phase with P5 million project cost was finished last May 17.“Nabayag nga daytoy ti ur-urayen ti umili ditoy tapnu paspas kuma ti biyahe ti nateng,” said Sandy Wais, Barangay Chairman of Lusod mentioning about delays of transporting vegetable produce to the nearest market, the risk of deterioration of quality of produce during transport, and the risk that farmers’ vehicles would incur damages due to the used-to-be bumpy and risky road. Wais said the improvement of the 1.141-kilometer road will also prevent vehicular accidents while he recalled his terrifying experience with riding a vehicle struggling through a steep section of the road. Meanwhile, the access road is connected to a road leading through Bokod to Ambaguio in Nueva Vizcaya where farmers deliver their produce. Wais said the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT) is the nearest market from their community, but some farmers also deliver to Baguio and La Trinidad depending on vegetable prices. “Daytoy nga kalsada ket mabalin nga rumuwar [ijay] market ti Baguio, [La] Trinidad, ken NVAT,” Wais added saying farmers are given options where to deliver their produce. Farmers in Lusod produce mostly tomatoes, carrots, and cabbages.
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