Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Better roads expected to improve farm production


TACLOBAN CITY — The top regional official here of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the improved road conditions in Eastern Visayas should boost the region’s agriculture sector.

"Having improved roads will lower transport costs and encourage agricultural productivity," said NEDA regional director Buenaventura Go-Soco.

Mr. Go-Soco, who is also vice-chairman of the Regional Development Council, said a third of the region’s population depends on agriculture to sustain their livelihood. About 47% of the region’s employed persons are in the agriculture sector. The rest, 43.9% and 9.1% are in services and industry, respectively.

Among the ongoing road projects in the region is the Laoang-Lapinig-Arteche-San Policarpio road, which connects Eastern Samar to Northern Samar. In his recent visit here, Public Works Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. said the government is speeding up the completion of this project to boost the agriculture and eco-tourism sectors in the two Samar provinces.

The government allotted P345 million this year for the project, as well as for the paving of the Palapag-Mapanas-Gamay-Lapinig Road, which is part of the Samar circumferential road. The government has also completed the Agas-Agas Bridge, which provides an alternative to the road in the landslide-prone section of Sogod, Southern Leyte. — SQM

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