The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on December 15, 2021 will break ground a P20 million farm-to-market road (FMR) leading to Barangay Bulan-bulan in San Remigio, Antique, funded by its Barangay Development Program (BDP).
According to Provincial Engineer Inocencio Dajao, once completed, the FMR will make it easier to transport agricultural produce from upland villages to the town market.
“Although we will be implementing the project phase by phase but once it is finished, it could already make Barangay Bulan-bulan accessible,” he said in an interview Monday.
Phase 1 financing only allowed for the construction of half of the four-kilometer road, which will begin at the last paved road in Barangay Aningalan.
The provincial government has also set aside P5 million for road construction in its 2022 budget.
Residents of Bulan-bulan disembark at Barangay Aningalan and walk the rest of the way to their destination because there is no access road.
The project is expected to be completed in six months, according to San Remigio Mayor Margarito Mission Jr.
“The road project is a long-time dream of residents who are into rice, corn and other root crops farming so they will have access to sell their products at the town market without spending so much for hauling cost,” he said in another interview.
The groundbreaking was originally scheduled for December 2, but it was postponed due to a military operation the day before that eliminated a terrorist hideout of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army in Barangay Alimodias, Miagao, Iloilo.
Roger Pedro, a resident of San Remigio’s Barangay Osorio, was one of the rebels that died.
San Remigio, on the mountainous border between the provinces of Antique and Iloilo, serves as a crossroads for CPP-NPA insurgents fleeing government forces.
BDP, a flagship program of NTF-ELCAC that aims to bring development to former conflict-prone communities, has identified 822 barangays around the country that will get P20 million each for FMR, classrooms, water and sanitation systems, health stations, and livelihood projects.