The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region 10 (DILG-R10) recently held Local Government Support Fund–Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) first ground-breaking ceremony in Barangay Lirongan, Talakag.
DILG-R10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that the SBDP projects are the fulfilment of the current administration’s promise that no community should be left falling behind in development, especially those areas that were once under the influence of communist-terrorist groups (CTGs) but are now cleared and ready to accept the help of the government.
“Kini katumanan sa saad sa atoang national government, mga kongresista, municipal ug city governments ug sa atong mga lalawigan nga ang tanan mga barangay atong dal-on sa mas luwas, mas malinawon, ug mas malambuon nga kaugmaon (This is in fulfilment of the promise of the national government, Congress, and municipal, city and provincial governments in ensuring that all barangays will be given a much safer, peaceful, and progressive future),” Agabe said.
The LGSF-SBDP projects in Barangay Lirongan are two (2) local access roads and are among the 119 barangays in northern Mindanao that each received a P20-million funding assistance from the national government’s LGSF-SBDP for the realization of their priority projects.
Meanwhile, National Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Director Monico Batle emphasized that the implementation of these projects will not only help the beneficiary barangay, but other barangays as well.
“The construction of these local access roads under the SBDP will pave the way for greater economic progress, lasting peace, and community resiliency against the CTGs,” Batle added.
Local leaders and their constituents identified these projects during the conduct of the Retooled Community Support Program.
Paving the way to Lirongan
Before the SBDP projects came to Barangay Lirongan, Talakag, the constituents experienced difficulties in accessing basic services due to the impassable road and absence of public utility vehicles.
Christian Dave Talian, a Talaandig lumad and a beneficiary of the project shared he lost his sister because of their barangay’s bad road condition. He narrated, “She (his sister) should have been taken to the hospital to give birth, but because we were far away from the highway, and the road is bad, and we still need to cross a vast body of water—she gave birth at home. Her baby survived, but she did not.”
The P20-million funding was divided by the recipient barangay to two projects: a local access road in Sitio Pawagaon amounting to P13-million and another in Sitio Kaulayanan worth P7-million.
The project’s mode of implementation is by contract and it is estimated to be finished within 90 calendar days, which also includes a 26 calendar-day allowance for delays caused by rain.