Army inspects recently completed infrastructure project in a remote barrio

Photo courtesy of 53rd Infantry "Matapat" Battalion

The recently completed farm-to-market road (FMR) and hanging bridge in the far-flung barangay of Duelic in Midsalip town, Zamboanga del Sur, were inspected by the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) to assure development and advancement.

Agriculture and farming are very important to the individuals and communities in and around Barangay Duelic. Furthermore, the building and implementation of aforementioned infrastructure projects, which began on September 6, 2020, would now result in the delivery of basic and government services to the barangay, such as health, education, and job possibilities, among other things.

Governor Victor J. Yu of Zamboanga del Sur said in a statement that road construction will lead to development.

“Where there is road, there is progress. We have to build roads first, then progress will surely follow,” said Gov. Yu.

In addition, 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera stated that the infrastructure projects will improve the town’s quality of life while also considerably empowering the people and cutting off their ties to Communist-NPA terrorists.

“This project will prevent the NPA’s recovery of their mass bases and deny them of community support in Barangay Duelic and adjacent barangays. This infrastructure projects will definitely sustain an insurgency-free province,” Lt. Col. Herrera stated.

On April 29, 2019, Barangay Duelic, an ELCAC barangay that is part of the Barangay Development Program (BDP), was declared “clean” of CPP-NPA terrorist influence.

This effort is part of the 53IB’s goal of becoming a world-class Army that is a source of national pride by 2028, as outlined in the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR).

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