A newly-paved road constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now benefitting rice and mung bean planters of Santiago, Isabela by reducing the transport cost of crops.
“With paved road, we are ensuring a more efficient transport of goods and local products in the area, which will uplift the economic condition of residents,” said DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar.
The construction of Rizal-Salvador-Divisoria Road in Santiago, Isabela received funding from 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA) and was implemented from May 2021 to August 2021.
The project involves concrete paving works of the 700-meter road with 6.70-meter two (2) lane carriageway width, 300-millimeters thickness with 2.65-meter shoulder on both sides.
With a total budget allocation of P14.7-million, the project that supports the booming industry of munggo beans in Santiago is under the Roads Leveraging Linkages for Industry and Trade Infrastructure Program (ROLL It) which aims to conveniently provide access to trades, agricultural industries and economic zones in the region.
Tagged as the “Munggo Capital of the Philippines”, the province of Isabela has proven its way to attain sustainable agriculture where local farmers practice the mungbean planting during summer time after harvesting rice.