NEW BRIDGE. An undated photo shows the turnover ceremony of the P10.9-million bridge project between the Department of Agrarian Reform and the residents of Barangay San Jose in Norala, South Cotabato. Some 6,000 residents will benefit from the new bridge. (Photo courtesy of DAR)

NORALA, South Cotabato – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in this province turned over a PHP10.9-million bridge project in Purok Manga, Barangay San Jose, to provide its farmers and other residents better, cheaper, and safer access to their destinations.

The Manga Bridge project was implemented under the Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-agraryo (TPKP) in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 12 (Soccsksargen) and the local government of Norala.

The new bridge has a length of 22.8 linear meters and it connects the barangays of Lapuz, Matagol, and Liberty. More than 6,000 residents of the three villages would directly
benefit from the said project.

DAR-Socsksargen Assistant Regional Director Roldan Ali said this bridge would help the farmers deliver their agricultural products faster, safer, and cheaper to various trade centers and markets.

“I admire the strong partnership of the stakeholders and I believe that the beneficiaries of this bridge would do their part in strictly maintaining the very good condition of the bridge,” he said in a news release on Sunday.

A certificate of turnover and acceptance was ceremonially signed by the recipient and partner agencies, which serves as proof that the ownership and responsibility of the project have been officially conveyed to the recipients.

Norala Mayor Clemente Fedoc thanked the DAR for the bridge project and committed that he would continually support and help the department in addressing the needs of the farmers and his constituents.

Salvador Floro, Punong Barangay of San Jose, also expressed his gratitude to the government and assured the department that he would lead his people in taking care of the project. (PR)