Issue of September 1, 2019
Mt. Province
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1st PRDP tramline set up in Bokod
by Press release

BOKOD TRAM LINE -- The new agricultural tramline set up under the Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project in Nawal, Bokod, Benguet is a great help for local farmers who will now be able to transport their harvests from their respective gardens to the access roads. Prior to its construction, manual hauling of crops is the usual routine of farm families in the area every harvest season. -- Contributed photo

Hauling of crops has been made easier for farmers in eight sitios of Barangay Nawal, Bokod, Benguet.

Last Aug. 14, the P450-meter Wakal tramline has finally been completed.

Farmer Jimmy Pistola said the tramline will lessen the physical burden of transporting crops to the nearest access road. Prior to the tramline’s installation, he said farmers would walk on steep roads for around one hour just to bring their crops to the market. He said there are times when they cannot sell their crops on time because of the delay in the delivery especially when the river swells and submerges the bridge where they usually pass.

For an elder like him, carrying heavy loads has also taken its toll on their bodies.

Pistola’s house is near the second tower of the tramline, about 1.2 kilometers away from the access road where the first tower is situated. In his old age, he said that it would take him more than an hour to carry his harvest going up the access road especially during rainy season.

Dakkel nga tulong daytoy tramline ta saan kamin nga agbaklay ti nadagsen (This tramline is of great help since we no longer have to carry heavy loads),” said Pistola, a resident of Sitio Wakal.

The tramline was initiated by the local government of Bokod to provide a safe and fast transport system of crops from the sitios of barangay Nawal to the nearest access road. The tramline is funded by the World Bank, DA, and the LGU.

The project cost P4.65 million.

Residents estimate that travel time for hauling will decrease by 30 to 40 minutes.

The Wakal tramline is the first agricultural tramline system implemented under the Philippine Rural Development Project in the Cordillera.

The local government of Bokod is also proposing installation of another tramline in Barangay Ekip estimated to cost around P4.3M.

The tramlines will be turned over to farmer associations near the area. Carriage fee will be collected from the farmers and residents for fuel and maintenance of the tramlines.

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