Kibawe, Bukidnon- Residents of Barangay New Kidapawan in this town celebrated the turnover of a 3.2-kilometer farm-to-market access road that was constructed through the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) and the local government of Kibawe for P15.53 M.
Municipal Mayor Minerva Casinabe was grateful to INREMP as the access road would greatly benefit New Kidapawan, especially the members of the Manobo Kirentiken tribe and farmers of Basyawon Kisolop Small Upland Farmers Association (BKSUFA), who have been granted more than 100 hectares of agroforestry, commercial tree plantation (CTP), and conservation farming (CF) subprojects.
Joining Municipal Mayor Casinabe in the turnover of the facility were Vice Mayor Luciano Ligan, DENR-10 Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh Adorable, Bukidnon PENRO Vergilino Alima, Don Carlos CENRO Felicisimo Escuadro, Project Engineer Ronil Siclot and Deputy Project Director Moises Butic.
“Through this access road, you [local farmers of the barangay] can now easily transport your agroforestry products to the market. With that said, we hope to continue our lasting relationship with Kibawe town and the province of Bukidnon,” said RED Adorable, who handed the symbolic key of responsibility to the local leaders and community residents.
Deputy Project Director Butic, who represented FMB Director and concurrent Project Director Nonito Tamayo, said: “I would like to convey my appreciation of the dedication and full commitment of our project staff in the province and LGU officials. It is also worth mentioning the people’s organization for being well-determined and sincere partners of INREMP.”
He added that CESM, the project’s Technical Assistant-Project Management and Implementation Consultant (TA-PMIC), was reviewing the second subproject proposal of the municipality, which was the 1.84-km road rehabilitation in Romagook. The road would support the farmers in Romagook, especially the Romagook Small Lowland Farmers Association, who were awarded the 60-hectare natural resource management (NRM) subproject in 2017. (INREMP/ Irish Viola Santa Ana)