Access is a key determinant of poverty. Without physical access, rural communities face much greater obstacles in obtaining health, education and other social services.In addition their ability to take advantage of surplus crop production and of employment opportunities is severely constrained. Photo shows school children hike rugged mountains for hours to reach school while a farmer works on his vegetable garden. Angelita Sugalan (left), president of Sugalan Clan Small-Scale Mining Association and Sandy Asmin (right), of Goldstream SSM, show proposed access road that will hasten their communities’ progress and development.
Photos by Primo Agatep/ABN