The regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) recently turned over two agricultural tramline systems to a coffee planters’ organization and an agricultural community in Roxas, northern Palawan.
The tramline systems are part of the DA’s P24.5 million High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) for the municipalities of Bongabong in Oriental Mindoro; Abra de Ilog in Occidental Mindoro, and Roxas town in Palawan.
The DA in MIMAROPA region said the agricultural tramline systems (ATS) in Roxas were turned over to the Caramay Coffee Planters Multipurpose Cooperative (CCPMPC) in Sitio Baran and another in Sitio Kaipapaw, Barangay Caramay.
They measure 850 and 660 meters, respectively, costing P9.16 million. The turn over was completed on December 6, 2018.
CCPMPC chairman Alvah V. Lagan, Alonzo Garcillano from the municipal agricultural office, Caramay chairwoman Maria Ofelia Gabo, and Roxas mayor Maria Angela Sabando received them from DA regional officials.
Lagan said they are thankful for the project for it will help cut transportation time from their barangay to the market.
“Napakalaki po ng maitutulong nitong tramline na ito hindi lang sa aming mga miyembro kundi po para sa lahat. Mailalagak na nang maayos ang aming mga produkto at maibenta sa tamang halaga,” Lagan said.
The ATS will address the hauling problem of the people located in far-flung areas with no access to a proper road in transporting produce from their area to the market with lesser travel time and damage. Thus, translates to much higher income for them, the DA MIMAROPA said in its release.
The first ATS that costs P3.69 million was granted to Nafagkasadian Abanan Buhid Sas Akliyang, a Mangyan community in Bongabong. It has a length of 660 meters long.
Congressman Reynaldo Umali, Jr., and board member Paolo Umali attended the ceremony with the DA Officials.
The 1,860-meter long ATS that costs P7.8 million in Cabacao and the 770-meter long ATS in Lumang Bayan in Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro were turned over to Banabaan Farmers Association (BFA) and Daujan Irrigators Farmers Association (DIFA).
“Di masusukat ang kasiyahan naming sa nailagay na proyektong ito ng DA. problema talaga ang paglalabas ng aming mga produkto dito kasi kapag malaki ang tubig ang ginagamit naming ay bangkang goma lang an gaming ginagamit. Kaya pakaiingatan naming itong proyektong ito,” said Silvano Parado, chairman of the BFA.
It is the second V-type tramline system in the country, according to Corazon O. Sinnung, DA MIMAROPA HVCDP focal person.
Present in that event were Abra de Ilog Mayor Maria Gloria M. Constantino, Municipal Agricultural Officer (MAO) Julius Judelito Amodia, and Philippine Agriculture and Fisheries Council (PAFC)- Occidental Mindoro Chairperson Alfonso Esguerra Jr. with the DA Officials.
All tramline systems have the capacity to transport 360 kilos that could make the residents ship their fresh produce like banana, coconut, corn, cashew, and other root crops down to the main roads.
The DA hopes that the recipients will take good care of the projects they received from the agency.
These events were attended by DA-MIMAROPA regional technical director (RTD) Ronie F. Panoy, and Sinnung together with other staff.