P20M BDP projects break ground in Kalinga barangay
By Larry T. Lopez / Philippine Information Agency
RIZAL, Kalinga – The implementation of the Barangay Development Program(BDP) of the National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict(NTF-ELCAC) rolled off in Babalag East of this municipality with the groundbreaking ceremony of projects with P20 million funding last March 24.
Officials from the national, regional and local offices joined in the groundbreaking of the concreting of Barroga-Baggas access road worth P15M; water-works system with P3M funding, and construction of barangay health station worth P2M.
Balabag East is the first BDP barangay recipient in the country to hold groundbreaking ceremony for its projects.
The BDP aims to bring progress to conflict- affected communities that have been cleared with the P20 M fund for development support projects. It is the hallmark program of NTF- ELCAC which created through Executive Order 70 or the Whole-of-Nation Approach to end insurgency towards inclusive and sustainable peace.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Marlo Iringan lauded Babalag-East for the first groundbreaking ceremony saying “as the first you should also be the model”.
Iringan stressed the decades-old insurgency problem in the country is not a military problem only and therefore is not solved by a military solution alone. The problem is largely traced to economic causes, hence, should be answered through multi-approach development efforts.
Babalag East Punong Barangay Jose Rey Jambaro II expressed the gratitude of the community for the projects as he vowed that these be implemented according to plan and purpose.
More than 800 barangays throughout the country are identified under the program, and Balabag East is one of the 483 barangays whose proposals were approved with funding support from the Department of Budget and Management.
In the Cordillera Region, there are eight barangays covered under the BDP.. (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)