(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 15 July 2024) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Thursday, 20 July 2023

FMR to boost rubber industry in Bayugan City

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Agriculture – Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) Regional Project Coordination Office XIII (RPCO 13) led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Bucac – Marcelina Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) on July 13, 2023 in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

The groundbreaking ceremony signaled the start of construction of the 4.7 kilometer-FMR, set to traverse Barangays Bucac, Marcelina, and San Isidro in Bayugan City. Funded by the World Bank, the European Union (EU), the Government of the Philippines, and the provincial government of Agusan del Sur, the P59 million FMR will benefit some 2,016 households, 1,436 of which are farmers.

Construction of the FMR also signals increased access to agricultural production in the province, particularly to the rubber industry in Caraga. Once completed, the FMR will connect to a crumb rubber processing facility in Prosperidad owned by the Farmers Self-Reliant Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FASRMCO). 

This facility was also funded by the DA and the World Bank under the Mindanao Rural Development Program Adaptable Program Loan 2 – Community Fund for Agricultural Development (MRDP APL2 – CFAD).

DA Caraga Regional Executive Director Engr. Ricardo M. OΓ±ate Jr. echoed this vision, emphasizing the wider markets that will open up for farmers once they have greater access to the community. He also emphasized the crucial role community members play in project implementation, specifically in monitoring and maintaining the subproject.

Present at the ceremony were Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago B. Cane, Jr., Agusan del Sur 1st district representative Hon. Alfelito M. Bascug, Bayugan City Mayor Kirk A. Asis, officials from the Barangay, I-BUILD Component Head Rene Q. Morales, representatives from the KHAN KON CHI Construction & Development Corporation, and DA-PRDP Caraga staff.

A community pre-construction conference to clarify DA-PRDP processes and community roles in project implementation was held immediately after the groundbreaking ceremony.

The FMR, funded under the Second Additional Financing and European Co-Financing Grant (AF2-EU), targets to finish construction by March 19, 2024. (Nichole L. Talatala | DA-PRDP-InfoACE13/PIA-Agusan del Sur)