The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in convergence with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has completed the construction of a new 2.15-kilometer, 2-lane concrete road that now assists farmers in the town of Mutia, province of Zamboanga del Norte.
In a report submitted to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, DPWH Regional Office 9 Director Cayamombao D. Dia said that the completed project is vital for the farmers from Barangays Tubak, New Siquijor, Bergado and El Paraiso in connecting them to market centers to deliver their produce to the town proper of Mutia, Zamboanga Del Norte from 30 minutes to only 15 minutes.
“We are glad that these farmers who cultivate cacao, abaca, coconut and bananas as their source of livelihood no longer have to be bear the burden of bumpy, dirt road. This is the main goal of our project with the DTI through the construction of basic rural infrastructure that will facilitate better transport of agricultural products to commercial hubs,” said Secretary Villar.
The project will also allow local residents to have a safer and faster access to schools, hospitals, and other basic social services only available in the urban areas.
Costing P58 million, the road project was completed by DPWH Zamboanga Del Norte Third District Engineering Office (DEO) in a span of five (5) months.
The new road also complete with paved shoulder, thermoplastic markings, drainage and canal structures and slope protection features.