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Metamorphosis_Kalahi-CIDSS Compendium 2015

19 P aving Dreams to

19 P aving Dreams to Reality The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” the great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said. For the people of Nagcanasan, a landlocked barangay of Pilar town in Abra, each journey to reach the town proper would seems like a thousand miles of grueling hike which takes about three to four hours on an average day. Mountain ranges and rivers have provided the people with bounty but have also become natural barriers that sealed the area away from outside access and communication. The only way in and out is through an unpaved rough road with no means of public transportation throughout the year. An uneven dusty road welcomes first time visitors during dry season which gets worse during the rainy season because a strong downpour could easily washout the entire length of the road. Imagine how severe it would be during typhoons and strong monsoons. Every now and then, the residents, in the spirit of bayanihan, would pitch in time and effort to fix the coarse road just to let in vehicles during necessities. For the few hundred residents here, going to town meant braving the scorching sun during dry days or risking heavy rains and strong winds, and occasional lighting and thunder during the rainy season. The hapless situation of Nagcanasan has left the residents voiceless and paralyzed on development. The people feel helpless whenever accidents occur, when illnesses need hospitalization, or when crimes happen because it is hard to reach the concerned agencies or authorities. Residents are left with no option but to carry their sick and walk through purgatory to gain access to treatment. Farmers are often forced to sell their agricultural produce at lesser

The only way in and out is through an unpaved rough road with no means of public transportation throughout the year. An uneven dusty road welcomes first time visitors during dry season which gets worse during the rainy season because a strong downpour could easily washout the entire length of the road. prices else risk spoiling their goods. Moreover, porters are hired to carry belongings to nearby barangays to access road networks which places a heavy toll on the part of the farmer or resident because of the added expense of paying the porters’ wage. For years, the people longed to taste development. They yearned for an easier connection Connecting Lives. From once a road less traveled, the road going to Nagcanasan is now a main thoroughfare easily connecting the village and adjacent communities to town* 20

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