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NEWSBITE Bakun residents

NEWSBITE Bakun residents use wages to lengthen road The people of Gambang showed that they are ready to work hand-in-hand for the development of their community. KALAHISerye 2016|| 73 I n the true spirit of Bayanihan, residents of Gambang, Bakun, Benguet opted not to take home their wages from a Farm to Market Road Community Project and instead use their supposed wages to lengthen said road. One hundred forty-two members of the Pakyaw Group combined their wages amounting to 21 thousand pesos. Using this amount, the group was able to concrete 110 meter portion of the Sookan- Gambang Farm-to-Market Road in addition to the original 246 meters funded by the Kalahi-CIDSS National Community-Driven Development Program. During the planning, they decided that “pakyaw” labor is the best way to involve community members to work on the project. The “pakyaw” would also allow them to fast-track the works. Consequently, the road was completed in 12 days contrary to around 45 days when it is usually done by outsourced contractors. Being a vegetable producing community, public vehicles and vegetable trucks are always at risk during rainy season because the road becomes slippery. With the PhP 926, 027.74 total project cost, the provincial local government unit of Benguet provided PhP 370, 905.04 to complement the PhP 529, 747.70 Kalahi-CIDSS grant. The remaining PhP 25, 375 is the counterpart of the barangay and municipal local government unit. On April 26, 2016, the road was finally completed. Since then, the barangay has been delivering their vegetable products without so much hassle. However, the community want their road to be fully improved since only the critical areas of the road were concreted.

Tadian completed 5M worth of community projects Who says you always need a powerpoint to present a project proposal? Sometimes, all you need is a guitar! This is how representatives from the different barangays presented the needed development in their respective communities. The municipality of Tadian in Mountain Province has successfully completed seven (7) out of eighteen (18) community projects worth PhP 5,401,702.78. These projects have been implemented by the community and the local government unit in partnership with the Kapit-bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The completed projects are flood control structure in barangay Balaoa; drainage canal in Lenga; farm-tomarket road in Duagan; drainage canal in Kayan West; erosion control in Bunga; water system in Masla and road concreting in Batayan. Five months since the implementation of Kalahi- CIDSS Cycle 2, these are the first projects to be completed in the region. “As a community-led development, these projects were managed by the community volunteers. Also with the assistance of the local government unit (LGU), they were easily mobilized” Area Coordinator Mary Jane Quiwas shared. She added that the barangay and municipal LGU were willing to shoulder the unforeseen and underestimated cost of materials thus the projects were completed without delay. These projects which are now operational and are ready for turn-over, are expected to benefit 3, 832 household of the municipality. Quiwas also recognized MLGU Tadian for their financial and technical support, and their commitment to the program. While waiting for the downloading of funds, the MLGU convened the suppliers of materials for the said projects and explained to them the processes of the program,” Quiwas expounded. Quiwas also said that four barangays are almost finished with their projects while seven are working double time to complete their sub-projects until December. Kalahi-CIDSS Deputy Regional Program Manager Imelda Tuguinay recognized the efforts of the implementers in the municipality and challenged other implementers as well. She said that the projects are tangible proof of the community’s efforts to bring development into reality. “We still have a lot to complete here in the region and we hope that other communities will be motivated to finish their respective projects within set target as what Tadian did,” she added. KALAHISerye 2016|| 74

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