Balbalan, Kalinga - Fourteen infrastructure projects amounting to over P6 million have been granted to 14 insurgency-cleared barangays in Balbalan.
Said projects, which are set for implementation next year, will be funded under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera.
In a report, the 5ID Star Troopers of the Philippine Army said on Friday, December 17, 2021, that the beneficiaries are Barangays Ab-abaan, Mabaca, and Talalang for the pathway or footpath projects; Barangays Balantoy, Balbalan Proper, Dao-angan, Gawa-an, Pantikian and Poswoy for Barangay Isolation Units as grants; while Buaya, Poblacion Salegseg, and Tawang are recipients of Water Works System projects.
Further, in Barangay Maling, the Congot Communal Irrigation System (CIS) will be rehabilitated as a grant, while a barangay health station is proposed for Balbalasang.
According to the same report, these projects were determined through the conduct of Participatory Situational Analysis Workshop with said barangays followed by validation to concerned offices of the Local Government Unit of Balbalan.
Meanwhile, through the conduct of Community Support Program (CSP) operations by the 50th Infantry Battalion, eight of these barangays are now cleared from the influence and presence of the communist-terrorist group, while three barangays will still undergo evaluation.
Aside from the grants, other government services, projects, and programs, according to the report have been extended to said barangays with the assistance of the Balbalan Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC).
In a statement, MGen. Laurence E. Mina, Commander of the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, lauded said barangays for their concerted effort of fighting the local communist armed group in their community and urge them to continue their will of ending insurgency.
“Let us continue our will to end insurgency in our community. Soon, we will be reaping all our hard works not just for us, but for the upcoming generations. Ending insurgency means people-centered and community development," Mina stated.
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