By REY M. NASOL
LEGAZPI CITY – A total of 16 farm-to-market roads (FMR) across the province of Albay need immediate rehabilitation to prevent disruption of delivery of agricultural produce.
Repair of the FMRs will also hasten the donors in reaching out to families that are affected by calamities such as landslides and flash floods as well as inundations due to torrential rains that frequently batter Albayanos.
Salve C. Tongco, provincial agrarian reform officer of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Albay enumerated the 16 FMRs as: Buga-Malolos via Panganiban FMR; San Jose-Harigue, Buga-Bariw via Balatingo FMR; San Jose-Malabiga and Villa Petrona-Libtong FMR all in Libon town; Ogob-Bulang FMR, Bulang-Quinarabasahan FMR both in Malinao town;
Buyo-Sito Calpi FMR in Manito town; Banquerohan-Villahermosa FMR in Legazpi City; Bayandong-San Andres-Salvacion FMR in Sto. Domingo town; Balinad-Hacienda Madarietta FMR in Polangui town; Mauraro-Mapaco in Guinobatan town; Agol-Basicao Interior FMR in Pioduran town; Mayon-San Ramon-San Vicente-Biga FMR in Daraga town; Balogo-Parina-Labadami, and San Juan-San Vicente FMR both in Oas town.
Tongco sought endorsement by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda for funding of the FMRs by the provincial government.
Tongco said these roads were heavily damaged by the recent continuous rains that caused landslides and flashfloods.
Tongco said an estimated P96 million is needed to restore them and be of proper use to farmers and local traders.
Two of the heavily damaged were that of Bayandong-San Andres-Salvacion FMR in Sto. Domingo town and Balogo-Parina-Labadami FMR in Oas town, which needed at least P10 million each.
Tongco sough inclusion of said FMRs in the list projects for possible funding by the provincial government.