P1.5-M agricultural bi-cable tramline
to boost Patnongon farmers’ income
By: Margie L. Gadian
SAN JOSE, Antique – An agricultural bi-cable tramline was recently installed in Sitio Ventura, Barangay Igburi, Patnongon, Antique by the Department of Agriculture.
This bi-cable, which cost a total of P1,573,873 million, is a first in the province of Antique. It is powered by a motor engine, a 4DR5, and can carry a load of about 350 kgs.
The construction of the cable came about because of the difficulty found by farmers in transporting their farm produce from their far-flung barangays of Sitio Ventura, Igburi to the poblacion of Patnongon itself.
The upland barangay has wide agricultural area and produces a variety of farm products but lacks the necessary facilities for marketing their goods in the mainland without spending so much for hauling expenses or sometimes causing their crops to be destroyed due to delay in bringing them to town proper.
Mayor Johnnyflores S. Bacongallo together with the Municipal Agricultural and Fisheries Council requested for a one unit of Agricultural Bi-Cable Tramline to DA head office through Director Larry Nacionales in Iloilo City.
The request was also approved by the Department of Agriculture (DA) Central Office and accordingly released the amount of P1,573,873. This project is purely DA financed and therefore the LGU of Patnongon has no counterpart whatsoever. It took three months for the bi-cable to be finished. The long stretch of wire is about 500 meters from bottom to the top and the location is about twelve kilometers from the cable site to the town proper.