Road construction begins in 3 insurgency-free villages in Malitbog

Under the Local Government Support Fund–Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP), three villages in Malitbog, Bukidnon, will soon have paved roads and livelihood projects.

Kiabo, San Luis, and Siloo are among the 71 SBDP recipients, each receiving P20 million.

The Philippine Army’s 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB), a project partner, announced on Sunday that three local access roads with a total length of 1.3 kilometers will be built.

The LGSF-SBDP, according to Lt. Col. Ricky Canatoy, commanding officer of the 58IB, reinforces the fight against communist terrorist groups (CTGs).

“Insurgency is about governance. Who governs best, wins the war. The commitment of the local government units, national and local government agencies, and other stakeholders is crucial in the intensification of sustaining this program. And I am positive this project will be a success, with the help and cooperation from the residents,” said Lt. Col. Canatoy.

As majority of his constituents are farmers, Mayor Osmundo dela Rosa believes that decent roads are essential for rural areas to thrive.

“Having paved roads is crucial because it helps them to access their farm outputs. And I credit the implementation of Executive Order No. 70, also known as the whole-of-nation approach, for the completion of these road projects,” he said in another statement.

Dela Rosa believes that through working together, CTGs can eradicate their misconceptions about the government.

“I hope they would have the eyes and heart to see that our government is eager to assist them in transforming their current condition and lives,” he said.

Carmelo Enrique Libot, Provincial Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Bukidnon, stated that the national government is committed to fulfilling its mandate of providing services to the people and combating insurgency by bringing sustainable solutions and basic services to underserved communities.

“We are privileged that the province of Bukidnon was included as beneficiary of the LGSF-SBDP. I strongly believe that the projects serve an important part of the peace and development of the conflict-affected and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas,” Libot said during the groundbreaking rites in Barangay Kiabo on Thursday.

“It is my fervent hope that this will allow the target beneficiaries to overcome their challenges and will open more doors for them to progress and boost their economic livelihood,” he added.

Residents of the barangay beneficiaries, including indigenous peoples communities, were also in attendance during the momentous rite.

As of June 30, the DILG reported that P16.24 billion, or 99 percent of the funds for the Barangay Development Program, which targeted 822 communities freed of CTGs, had been released to beneficiary local government units.

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