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TABUK CITY, Kalinga, The Philippines — Kalinga’s coffee industry continues to boom, especially with more road projects leading to the farms and processing facilities being constructed and opened, a provincial government official said Tuesday.

“There was a ceremonial opening of the road that leads to coffee production area. Opening and paving the road will give an easy access to the coffee plantation and production sites,” Domingo Bakilan, Kalinga provincial agriculturist and provincial project management and implementing unit (PPMIU) head, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview.

The 13.2-kilometer road project of the Department of Agriculture-Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP), with a project cost of PHP217 million, will benefit 1,428 households or 7,712 population in eight barangays– five in the town of Pinukpuk and three in Balbalan town.

The road project covers barangays Catabbogan, Malagnat, Taggay, Ammacian and Wagud in Pinukpuk and Barangay Sacpil in the municipality of Conner, Apayao, aside from Balbalan.