VIGAN CITY (PIA) – Recipients of the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) have expressed their support and gratitude to the government for various assistance they have received.
In Barangay Baluarte, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur, residents are enjoying a better and wider farm-to-market road, more equipped barangay health center, public toilet for men and women, and a school building for kindergarten students.
This after the construction of such infrastructures were recently completed and inaugurated.
With the construction of the kindergarten building, Divina Galleta, Teacher III at Baluarte Elementary School, said she saw a great change from the learning capability of her pupils as the old kindergarten classroom was too narrow for them to learn and play around before.
“Malaki ang naitulong ng bagong school building kasi iyong dati ay masikip kasi kindergarten ang mga mag-aaral namin dapat ay spacious ang kailangan nila,” Galleta said in an interview during the inauguration of SBDP 2021 infrastructure projects on November 11.
She then expressed her gratitude to the government for providing them with a wider and better classroom which is conducive for the pupil’s learning.
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) dahil mas malawak na ngayon ang school building para sa mga kindergarten at talagang conducive ang learning ng mga bata,” she added.
Aside from the inauguration of such infrastructure projects in Barangay Baluarte, the construction of a 170-meter long and five-meter wide farm-to-market road was started at Barangay Sorioan in Salcedo as one of the barangay-recipients of SBDP for fiscal year 2022.
LEFT PHOTO: NTF-ELCAC Vice Chairperson Clarita Carlos represented by Director Monico Batle, Assistant Director Rene Valera of the DILG-Office of Project Development Services, NICA Regional Director Mildred Abordo, DILG OIC-Regional Director Agnes De Leon, DBM Regional Director Ria Bansigan, 702nd Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Krishnamurti Mortela, Governor Jeremias Singson represented by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member (SPM) Ericson Singson, Vice Governor Ryan Luis Singson, SPM and former Salcedo Mayor Leopoldo Gironella, Jr., ISPPO Provincial Director Marlo Castillo, and Salcedo Mayor Grazielle Gironella-Itchon spearhead the groundbreaking of farm-to-market road in Barangay Sorioan, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur on November 11, 2022. (jmcq/pia)
RIGHT PHOTO: A portion of the road in Barangay Sorioan, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur where the farm-to-market will be constructed. (jmcq/pia)
In her message, which was read by NTF-ELCAC Director Monico Batle, NTF-ELCAC vice chairperson and National Security Adviser Secretary Clarita Carlos reiterated that the implementation of SBDP projects is one of the government’s resolve to end insurgency especially in barangays that were already cleared from Communist Terrorist Groups’ (CTG) influence.
“The initiatives under the BDP were intended to address the gaps identified by barangay residents, civilian agencies, and the security sector,” Carlos said.
She then encouraged the Filipino people to move forward with purpose and unity in the implementation of the BDP.
“Let us therefore take this guidance for good governance as our inspiration to converge, coordinate, and harmonize efforts, whether we are at the national, regional, provincial, city, municipal or barangay level,” she added.
“The potential of the BDP presents for our country’s peace and progress should serve to motivate us all to do our utmost for the fulfillment of the program,” she ended. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ, PIA Ilocos Sur)