Community completes farm-to-market road project

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

PAMPLONA, Negros Oriental -- Residents of Barangay Magsusunog here recently completed their 300-meter farm-to-market road community project that was turned over to the local government unit (LGU) for operation and maintenance.

The road project, worth P1,208,900, is said to benefit more than 284 households in the community alone and two other hinterland barangays that make use of the road to get to the town center.

The project is one of the eight prioritized small-scale infrastructure projects in the town funded by the municipal LGU and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), a poverty reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that has been made into a national program called the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).


During the inauguration, community volunteer Alan Ebo gave the symbolic basket of fruits and crops to DSWD Regional Community Development specialist Dexter Gimena.

Turnover ceremony
(R-L) Community Volunteer Allan Ebo gives the symbolic basket to DSWD Community Development Specialist Dexter Gimena, Pamplona Mayor Apollo Arnaiz and Magsusunog barangay captain. (Contributed photo)

“We are very happy that we can now present our community project. We are also happy because even if we are not elected officials of our barangay, we were able to contribute to the development of our community,” Ebo said.

He told the audience that the delivery of farm goods to the town center is much easier now compared before.

"The municipal local government unit of Pamplona has assisted and will continue to assist the development projects of the barangays," Pamplona Mayor Apollo Arnaiz said.

"What we like about Kalahi-CIDSS is how the communities participate in the affairs of the barangay and propose solutions that will address their community needs," he added.

Another feature of the operation and maintenance plan of the community is the planting of 150 fruit-bearing trees along the road project a week before the turnover activity.

Pamplona area coordinator Cayetano Mobe said the community proposed this plan after their orientation in the community on Thematic Environmental Management System (TEMS), a mechanism set up by Kalahi-CIDSS to ensure that environmental and social safeguards are maintained in the implementation of the program down to the grassroots level.

"This is the community’s initiative in preventing soil erosion and generally contributing to environmental protection and conservation and to food security," Mobe said.

"The community plans to plant more trees as they extend their road project out of the savings they have acquired from their community project," he added. (PR)

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