THE second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) along with various stakeholder-representatives from the provincial, municipal and barangay local government units (LGUs) rejoiced with the beneficiaries in barangay Barit-Botot, Luba after the 21-kilometer Luba-Villaviciosa farm-to-market road (FMR) was formally turned over on February 9.

The rehabilitation of Luba-Villaviciosa FMR subproject, which is a provincial road, has a total project cost of P52,607,773.40. It was implemented through the original counterpart-sharing scheme of 40 percent (CHARMP2) – 60 percent (LGU).

“I believe this road is an instrument for development. The road may not be fully concreted but it is already a good start as the community became more accessible. We are hopeful that through other fundings, the road will be fully concreted in due time,” said project director Lorenzo Caranguian.

Along with the formal turn over and acceptance ceremony is also the turn over and acceptance of the concerned LGUs and project beneficiaries of the responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the said provincial road.

“We thank CHARMP2 for this project despite the challenges faced in project implementation and we commit that we from Luba will continue to develop this project),” committed Luba Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Dino Catulia I.

Elma Banteyaw, FMR beneficiary, recalled the road before was full of holes and only motorcycles can pass through it. Now, other kinds of vehicles can already traverse the area making their travel easier and faster.

The community would go to nearby municipalities primarily to market their products or buy their basic needs. Janet Ibabin from barangay Botot-Barit added they would start walking down the road at three in the morning to reach Pilar, a nearby municipality, by around 7 a.m. in order to market their products. Others with more products to sell would go directly to Bangued, Abra to market their products. There is also a jitney for scheduling the community uses when going down to Bangued or nearby municipalities to market their products.

Some of the main commodities in barangay Barit-Botot are vegetables which include beans, ginger, rabong or young bamboo shoots, ube and ampalaya among others. (Janice Agrifino/DA-CHARMP2)