The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region 10 (DILG-R10) reported that the lives of 120 households of Barangay San Carlos, a far-flung barangay in Valencia City, will soon change with the upgrade and improvement of their Farm-to-Market Road through the government’s Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP).
“Ang proyekto na dugay ra g’yud namo gidamgo natuman ra g’yud pinaagi sa mga ahensya sa gobyerno nga nagtabang ka namo. Kini mao g’yud ang gikihanglan sa mga katawhan diring dapita; mao nang mapasalamaton g’yud mi og dako (We have been hoping for this project for a long time and now, it has been made possible through the government agencies that supported us. This is really what we need here, which is why we are extremely grateful for this road project),” said Mariza T. Labe, Punong Barangay of San Carlos, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the project on October 7.
According to DILG-R10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe, the P20-million project manifests that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte fulfilled his commitment to bring development even in the remote barangays of the country, including that of Valencia City.
Agabe further enjoined everyone’s cooperation including that of the Local Government of Valencia City, involved agencies and the residents of Barangay San Carlos, in ensuring that the said project will be monitored and implemented well, and follow the target calendar days of its completion.
“Despite the risks posed by the present pandemic, we will still continue to deliver the best public service that we could give to our constituents,” he said.
For her part, Valencia City Mayor Azucena P. Huervas expressed her gratitude to the national government, especially to the DILG for making the farm-to-market road project possible not only in Barangay San Carlos but also in eight other barangays of the city.
The other barangays that will be granted farm-to-market road projects worth P20-million each under the Local Government Support Fund-SBDP are Barangays Banlag, Barobo, Concepcion, Guinuyoran, Laligan, Lilingayon, Lurungan, and Tugaya.
The SBDP is an assistance package granted through the institutionalization of the Executive Order No. 70 or the Whole-of-Nation approach in ending local communist armed-conflict.