The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Bukidnon, in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Bukidnon and the Municipal Government of Dangcagan, hosted the ceremonial ground-breaking of two local access road projects and one water supply system project worth P20-million in Barangay Kapalaran, Dangcagan, Bukidnon last September 15.
“This event is historical because after a long, long time, our barangays will finally experience receiving funding from the national government, especially those of us affected by the armed conflict with the NPA. What we are doing now is a result of the efforts of various agencies to give barangays a chance at development,” DILG-Bukidnon Provincial Director Engr. Carmelo Enrique Libot said.
The said projects were implemented under the Local Government Support Fund-Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) of the national government through Executive Order No. 70 or the institutionalization of the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communist armed conflict in the country.
Elgie Mandacayan, a resident and member of the Manobo tribe, gushed over the projects saying that “God is merciful, because the pandemic did not hinder the Government from granting such beneficial projects to us.”
“We are grateful that we will no longer have to endure the muddy and slippery road when it rains. And we can easily sell our products, now that we will have proper roads. I would say we are no longer far from civilization,” he added.
Also present in the ground-breaking were Municipal Mayor Fruto Dandasan Jr, Provincial Administrator Atty. Jay Albarece, 72IB Commanding Officer LTC Jose Regonay Jr, DILG-Bukidnon PD Libot, Company Commander of 2nd Bukidnon Police Mobile Force Company Kapalaran PCol. Randy T. Anito, and Punong Barangay Brendo Balonquit.