KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/4 July) – Rural folks in South Cotabato will expect country developments in the next few months through the Department of Agriculture’s anti poverty alleviation initiative Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) which poured in a total of P65 million for projects.
In a recent Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting, the provincial government of South Cotabato endorsed the proposed lists of rural infrastructure sub-projects.
However, Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr., PDC chairman, said P6.5 million or 10 percent of the total cost will be the financial counterpart of the provincial government and will be benefitted by seven towns.
The projects for implementation are rehabilitation and construction of farm-to-market roads (FMRs), potable water system and dam site.
According to the list of projects under the FMR, MRDP eyed the building of the P7.3-million Nongon FMR in Suralah, the P1.4-million Poblacion-Crossing Rubber-Palian road in Tupi, the P9.3-million FMR in the town of Sto. Niño and the P25.8-million Sta. Barbara dam site in this city.
On the other hand, MRDP will also invest in a P3.5-million water system in Liberty, P3 million in Lampitak and a P3-million level 2 water system in Sto. Niño.
Last month, the province was received a P10-million MRDP grant for a rubber production project in T’boli while they also gave monetary assistance to farmers in Lake Sebu three years ago for the same project.
Recently, South Cotabato received P32 million in assistance from DA for rice processing facility which will be put up in Sto. Niño. (MindaNews)