KALAHICIDSS 2016 Environment and Development Galdang Fall Protection: Building a Link toward Clean and Green Environment Jasmin Kiaso Most of the successful community projects are accounted for the strong bond among its members. This was once again proven in Barangay Galdang when they displayed great cooperation among them. KALAHISerye 2016|| 15 I t’s an ordinary day in Barangay Galdang, Pasil Kalinga with residents going to and fro on their daily routines. You wouldn’t possibly know what out-of-the-ordinary stories the community may have to tell unless you sit and listen to them over a cup (or even more) of their rich-tasting coffee. During one of those seemingly trivial coffee sessions in Barangay Galdang, Pasil, Kalinga, Punong Barangay Jose Bakidan boasted about how their Fall Protection brought them several benefits they have not foreseen.
prizes respectively during the provincial search for the cleanest and healthiest barangay. PROMOTING HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT The Fall Protection constructed along the residential houses became more than a fence since it has secured the residents from the fear of erosion or tripping over the cliff. Most of all, the structure has ended the irresponsible dumping of garbage as it has barricaded the residents from easily disposing their wastes over the cliff. The project which was completed in 2013 during the second year of Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in the barangay helped them garner one of the most prestigious award in their province. Their barangay had been awarded as the cleanest and healthiest barangay in 2014 and 2015 with PhP 100, 000 and PhP 20, 000 cash The residents were also encouraged to plant backyard vegetables and fruit trees as it is now protected from animals or people who may destroy them while passing through the pathway. Now, some of them has been harvesting eggplant, onion leeks and string beans for their family’s consumption. Meanwhile, one of the major reasons of the community in pushing for this project was the two counts of accidents in the area along the Fall Protection. The community has been clear on their KALAHISerye 2016|| 16