Concrete Roads Pave Way for Opportunities, Peace in Far-Flung Villages

Aerial Photo of the newly turned over concrete road in Barangay Batawan, Baganga

DAVAO ORIENTAL – After decades of enduring roads in terrible state, residents of the far-flung villages of Binondo and Batawan in Baganga town are now experiencing respite as they benefit on the newly turned-over concrete roads that are opening up many economic opportunities for locals here.

On Tuesday, April 26, three road projects were officially turned over. These are the P70.1 million concreting of the 4.2-kilometer road from Barangay Proper to Sitio Mantapay in Binondo; P93.4 million Opening, Construction, and Rehabilitation of the 10-kilometer Baganga – Binondo Boundary Davao Oriental to Compostela Valley; and P139 million concreting of 7.6-kilometer road from Batawan Proper, Barangay Batawan — Nursery in Barangay Binondo.

These roads are poised to generate local employment, deliver basic needs of the community and help in poverty alleviation by easing transport of agricultural products and quick delivery of services.

Batawan Punong Barangay Chair Dionesio Bandayanan said the newly concreted and rehabilitated roads are anticipated to benefit thousands of residents here who are mostly farmers.

Implemented by the First District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the road projects were funded under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) Program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP). These projects were materialized through the initiative of the Local Government of Baganga and of Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang when he was still a member of the House of Representatives through the recommendation of the Philippine Army.

Aside from providing ease in access, these infrastructure projects are among the many government interventions that aim to address the long-running insurgency problems in the country.

“If progress comes, peace and understanding which we have long been yearning for will inspire our brothers and sisters on the other side of the political spectrum to lay down their arms and rejoin us in the spirit of brotherhood and peace,” said DPWH OIC Regional Director Allan S. Borromeo, in a message delivered by DPWH OIC Assistant District Engineer Cirilo M. Lasaca.

He said that these newly concreted roads will positively impact the livelihoods of farmers in the hinterlands. He added that the ongoing road project that will soon provide access to the neighboring provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte “will translate to the progress of the whole region in general”.

When these roads eventually cross the border of Compostela Valley Province, more windows of opportunities will be opened up especially in terms of eco-tourism as Governor Dayanghirang and First District Representative Cong. Corazon N. Malanyaon are working closely for the further development of Davao Oriental’s potential tourist destinations such as the Curtain Falls in Barangay Campawan in Baganga. “Accessibility will lessen travel time of tourists from Davao City to the breathtaking sites in the coastal area of Davao Oriental,” said Governor Dayanghirang.

He said all these can be possible if residents take a proactive role in development by supporting the government on its programs. He vowed that the Provincial Government together with all stakeholders will continue to pursue its goals of implementing projects with long-term impacts such as key infrastructure that has the potential to contribute to the local economic growth. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan and Joel Owano


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