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[coffee] production is

[coffee] production is decreasing now that’s why we need to store for our consumption for a whole year if possible),” Diwayan added. For Barangay Pugong, the coffee trees and the environment is as important as constructing an access road or any infrastructure. Pugong is one of the fourteen barangays of the municipality of Pasil. It is one of the nearest barangay from the Municipal Hall. However it is not reachable by any means of transportation because of the lack of access road. It would require a 20-minute hike through the footpath, another Kalahi-CIDSS sub-project funded under the Millennium Challenge Corporation, to reach the town center. For years, the residents could not construct a concrete house because of the high cost of hauling materials. The residents need to pay 40 pesos per bag of cement and 30 pesos per can of sand to be hauled from the entrance to the main community which would be an added expense for those who want to build concrete houses. Moreover, students can now ride on a jeep going to school in Barangay Amdalao and the long records of students getting absent became shorter. The project also provides temporary employment to the community. Women have actively participated in paid labor for two days. Meanwhile, just like any other community, Pasil is not free from challenges. The Community Volunteers and the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) experienced many challenges before and during the sub-project implementation. They conducted series of meetings purposely to plan and address the problems. The project has also brought the community together as they practiced angkas (bayanihan system) as their counterpart for the project. With a total project cost of PhP 2,358,000, the subproject is 93% complete as of May 11, 2016. “If there is one thing that we learned in Kalahi- CIDSS which we can apply in our future activities is giving counterparts,” Diwayan beamed. Being a community that put equal importance to the environment and to their culture while constructing an access road, Peter Diwayan of Barangay Pugong represented the Cordillera to share their environmental management practices during the Thematic and Environmental Management System Forum in Naga City on May 11-14, 2016. Barangay Pugong is an example of a community who did not only target infrastructure development but have considered other factors such as environmental and cultural conservation. KALAHISerye 2016|| 7 Imelda Bergancia, one of the paid labourer said that the access road they are currently working on created employment for them. “We, the women are happy that the labor for men and women are the same. At least we will have something to give our children who are studying,” she shared. Diwayan who acknowledge that with Kalahi -CIDSS he has seen huge potentials of women that he did not recognize before now thinks that [women] are not only industrious but are physically strong enough to work in construction-related works.

“There is ownership in this sub-project, there is transparency and unity. Thankfully, now the vehicles can stop right in front of our houses to deliver aggregates for example.” PETER DIWAYAN Community Volunteer and Barangay Kagawad “The access road that we are currently working on created employment for us. We, as women are happy that the labor for men and women are the same. As a paid laborer, at least we can give allowance to our children who are studying.” IMELDA BERGANCIA One of the women laborers Pugong, Pasil, Kalinga KALAHISerye 2016|| 8

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