The road projects that have been implemented linking far-flung communities in the town of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon greatly helped in the transport of local goods to the market, Mayor Anthony Uy reported on Monday.
In an interview, the local chief executive noted that it used to take a few hours before reaching some of the 13 barangays there, such as Hagpa and Calabugao which are 46 kilometers away from the town proper.
“Noon, four hours yung travel ng mga tao papunta sa kanilang mga barangay galing sa Poblacion papunta ng barangay Calabugao, Hagpa, at Bulonay [Before, it would take residents four hours to travel from the Poblacion back to their barangays in Calabugao, Hagpa, and Bulonay],” he said during the Network Briefing News with host Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.
“Pero dahil sa road rehabilitation ng ating Pangulo, na pinakamalaking proyektong naibigay dito sa Impasug-ong, ngayon ay almost 70% na yung sementado yung daan. Hindi na mahihirapan yung mga farmers natin o mga tao na mag-travel o mag-transport ng kanilang local products [But because of the road rehabilitation of our President, which is the biggest project we received here in Impasug-ong, almost 70% of our roads here are already concrete. Our farmers and people here no longer have the difficulty to travel or transport their local products],” he added.
According to Mayor Uy, 68% of the total population there is composed of indigenous peoples identified as the Higaonons, who are the major beneficiaries of the assistance poured by the national and local government.
The economy of the municipality largely depends on agriculture. That is why, the local government is now looking into providing a more centralized marketing venue for farmers, especially their local produce of potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, and lettuce.
“This pandemic has greatly affected our farmers. So, yung plano ng munisipyo is magkaroon ng Bagsakan Center dito para yung mga high value crops ng ating mga farmers, dito na nila ibagsak lahat [This pandemic has greatly affected our farmers. So, the plan of the municipality is to have a Bagsakan Center, where they can market their high value crops],” he said, noting that this will also help farmers bargain better prices for their products.
Through the aid of the Department of Agriculture, the town of Impasug-ong provides livelihood projects such as livestock dispersal of cattle and native chickens. It also has commercial poultry breeder farms and communal cattle ranch.
The 642-hectare communal ranch is the only government-owned communal ranch in the country.
With these assistance from the government, Mayor Uy said that the locals continue to do their part in attaining development for the municipality, including the IP communities.
“Yung mga Higaonon din natin is aktibo po sila na nagsusuporta ng lahat ng mga programa ng ating Pangulong Duterte lalo na yung ‘Balik-Loob program’ to end local communist armed conflict [Our Higaonons here are active in supporting all of the programs of President Duterte, especially the ‘Balik-Loob’ Program to end local communist armed conflict],” he said.
Impasug-ong is one of the first-class municipalities in Bukidnon, and comprises the largest land mass in the province reaching to about 10% total area or 105,000 hectares. (PCOO)
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