Andanar: PRRD revs up P1.4B barangay projects in Bukidnon

By : Mindanao Today/11:40:26am 10/21/2021


Communications Secretary Martin Andanar cites the government’s impressive gains in implementing the NTF-ELCAC’s BDP. (PIA-10 | Bukidnon)

MALAYBALAY CITY – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said the series of groundbreaking rites for the P1.4 billion barangay development projects in Bukidnon that started last September is part of the fulfilled promise of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to improve lives in far-reaching villages here before the President’s term ends.

“This proves that President Duterte has kept his promise of ‘a comfortable life’ for all Filipinos by bringing the government closer to the people and ensuring that no one is left behind, even those in the most remote places of the country," Andanar said.

In Bukidnon, he said, the government has poured more than P1.4 billion worth of projects through the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) funds.

The projects, composed of concreting and upgrading of farm-to-market roads; construction of solar dryers with warehouses; provision of farm inputs and livestock dispersal; construction of typhoon-resistant school buildings and health centers; provision of safe drinking water system; local road opening with spillway and line canals, are being implemented in Bukidnon’s 71 geographically isolated barangays.

The initiative, officially known as the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) – which Andanar described as a hallmark of NTF-ELCAC – strives to bring development to mostly mountainous and former conflict-prone areas that fought hard to clear their communities of communist influence.

Each of the 71 barangays received P20 million in projects as a reward for weeding out communist rebels in their territories.

Once completed, Andanar said these would help farmers bring their produce to markets and raise incomes of the rural population as these would attract more investments and enhance productivity.

Eljie Mandacayan, one of the farmer-beneficiaries in Kapalaran, Dangcagan, Bukidnon shared that years before the Duterte Administration, life was difficult because more than half of their fruit and vegetable products end up as waste even before they arrive in the market due to poor road conditions. (RLRB | PIA-10 | Bukidnon)

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