Surigao to Agusan farm-to-market road to cut travel time by more than 1 hour

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Surigao Agusan farm-to-market road
The San Miguel – Calaitan Road Project.
Photo from DPWH.

Farmers in Surigao and Agusan provinces in the Caraga region of Mindanao will soon enjoy a new farm-to-market road that promises to cut travel time to 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The San Miguel – Calaitan Road Project traversing the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, Junction Gamut in Surigao del Sur to the Agusan-Davao road section of Daang Maharlika in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, was reported on March 2, 2020, as 64% complete.

The new road is expected to cut travel time from farms to the nearest market by 1 hour and 20 minutes, reducing the hauling cost of agricultural products, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Farmers in the Caraga region from the five provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands, can expect better access to basic facilities and services for agriculture and domestic trade across the region, says Region 13 Director Pol M. Delos Santos.

The San Miguel – Calaitan Road Project costs Php 3.9 billion and involves the opening and upgrading of the 40.733-kilometer lateral road with the provision of drainage and slope protection, as well as construction of two (2) permanent bridges with a total length of 130.8 linear meters.

Other Farm-to-market road projects in Mindanao include South Cotabato’s five newly completed infrastructure projects that are expected to improve access and productivity for small-scale farmers in Lake Sebu and the Marbel-Makar Road connecting the cities of Koronadal to General Santos to decongest traffic and facilitate faster delivery of goods by April 2020.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the people of Surigao and Agusan provinces in Caraga for the soon to be finished farm-to-market road!

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