One of the biggest challenges faced by local farmers is the lack of roads that allows them to bring their produce to market while still at the peak of freshness.
This is what the Calascagas to Alianza farm to market road in San Fernando, Camarines Sur hopes to change.
“[The] Calascagas to Alianza farm to market road project is a six kilometer road traversing the mountains of San Fernando Cam Sur. It’s been a work in progress since I started in public service in 2007,” San Fernando Mayor Fermin Mabulo said via email.
San Fernando’s primary agricultural industries include rice farming and aquaculture, though Mabulo has been instrumental in encouraging the planting of cacao as well.
The mayor, whose penchant for taking selifes has earned him the hashtag #MayorSelfie, posted about the road opening on his Facebook account on Jan 14. “Whatever meager funds we have is invested in this road. This year, a huge amount was allocated by our beloved Congressman Lray Villafuerte for the concreting of a large portion of this road. 25 Million pesos [has been] allocated in the 2020 GAA,” he adds.
The road will benefit about 500 families of corn, rice, coconut and cacao farmers. “We intend to position San Fernando, Camarines Sur as the main player in the cacao industry development in the Bicol Region,” the mayor said. “This [farm to market road] will open up more areas to be developed into Cacao farms.”
Photos from Mayor Fermin Mabulo’s Facebook Page