Gov Leads Groundbreaking of P39.8M Infra Projects for Villages

DAVAO ORIENTAL –- The Provincial Government has held a series of groundbreaking ceremonies for its various high-impact infrastructure projects in the barangays.

Just recently, Governor Nelson Dayanghirang led the groundbreaking of these facilities in twelve villages in the towns of Baganga and Banaybanay.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony during the groundbreaking of the multi-purpose building in Barangay Pintatgan, Banaybanay.

Amounting P39.8 million, these infrastructure projects, which are set for construction within the month, are part of the massive infrastructure development programs of the Provincial Government that involves a huge budget allocated by the province for the barangays. Most of the projects are being bankrolled through loan proceeds from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

The infrastructure projects include multi-purpose buildings cum evacuation centers in the villages of Pintatagan, Mogbongcogon, Piso, Cabangcalan, Calubihan, Mahayag, San Vicente, Puntalinao, and Panikian in Banaybanay town, and Barangay Lucod in Baganga town.

The new barangay site of Pintatagan, Banaybanay situated along the highway where the multi-purpose building to be constructed by the Provincial Government will soon rise.

These buildings, says the Provincial Engineering Office, are designed to withstand typhoons and will serve as evacuation centers in times of disasters. Worth three million pesos each, these multi-purpose buildings will feature spacious offices, a kitchen, and a terrace, among others, and will be equipped with complete furnishings including air-conditioning.

Potable water systems are also among the infrastructures set for construction in some sitios in Barangays Maputi, Piso, and San Vicente in Banaybanay town. Jointly funded by the Provincial Government’s Local Government Development Fund (LGDF) for the year 2018 and the Department Interior and Local Government’s Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) for the year 2016, these level-two water systems will provide clean potable water supply in the villages.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Governor Dayanghirang urged officials of these villages to create a registered water association in order for them to easily access grants and assistance from the national government.

He said that given the limitation of the Provincial Government in terms of funding, it could not suffice the huge financial requirement of the community when they would opt to upgrade to a level-three water system. He said forming an association is more beneficial to the community as it will also become a good income-generating business for the barangays.


Governor Dayanghirang underscored among the community members the sense of awareness and being responsible citizens by helping to protect, conserve and preserve the source of their water  and the surrounding watersheds. He added that residents should also be vigilant against those that illegally tap water from the pipes as this will not only disrupt water distribution but will contaminate the water supply which may lead to water-borne diseases.  

The project site in Barangay Mogbongcogon, Banaybanay.

THANKFUL COMMUNITIES

Residents of the beneficiary barangays said they are thankful to the Provincial Government’s projects that would soon rise in their villages.

In Sitio Mapagba in the village of Maputi, villagers expressed their thanks for the potable water system set to be constructed in their area. “This had only been a dream for us for more than four decades,” said one resident, saying that the project would definitely make a huge impact in their lives.

EXPANDING ACCESS TO INFRASTRUCTURE

Realizing infrastructure development’s impact in creating inclusive growth and poverty reduction, Governor Dayanghirang, at the start of his administration, further strengthened the Provincial Government’s existing infrastructure development program that aims to expand access to infrastructure, utilities and social services.

Working on constructing facilities that are efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable, especially in hinterland villages wherein there is difficulty in terms of access to basic government infrastructure and services, the Governor directed the key offices of the provincial government to identify priority infrastructures and linked with funding agencies in the national government that can support these projects.

Aligned to the national government’s aim to accelerate development of basic infrastructure, the Governor’s program on the construction of these massive infrastructure projects is anchored to the Provincial Government’s Governance Framework. It primarily aims to provide a favorable environment to uplift the living conditions of the marginalized communities and ultimately reducing poverty incidence among the marginalized sector, particularly those living in areas tagged as Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA).

Barangay site of the village of Piso, Banaybanay

The Provincial Government is expected to hold more groundbreaking ceremonies for the infrastructure projects in the coming weeks in different barangays here. These infrastructure projects include covered courts, multi-purpose building, potable water system, and “bagsakan” centers or trading hub for farmers. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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