ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – Bayog, a third-class municipality in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, has received P69.6-million worth of infrastructure projects from the Japanese government.
Julita Ragandang, regional director of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), said the projects, funded through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), are ongoing and set to be completed early next year.
Ragandang said the projects include one communal irrigation project, four farm-to-market roads, one Level 1 potable water system, one Level 2 water system, and a bridge.
Rice farmers in several areas of Bayog town are set to benefit from the communal irrigation project, Ragandang said.
Bayog, which comprises of 29 barangays, is an agricultural town and is often called as the rice bowl of Region IX with over 20 rice and corn mills established in the town.
The farm products, especially rice, are traded in neighboring cities such as Pagadian and Zamboanga.
The Level 1 water system project involves the development of the source of potable water like springs while Level 2 already includes the installation of distribution lines and tap stands on the residences of the project beneficiaries, Ragandang explained.
She said the construction of the four farm-to-market roads and a bridge will hasten the transport of agricultural goods to the market.
The municipality of Bayog has one of the most bustling economy in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.
Zamboanga del Sur comprises of 26 municipalities and one city. (MindaNews)