RTF, PTF-ELCAC monitor SBDP project in remote Abra barangay
By Christian Allister Tubadeza / Philippine Information Agency
SALLAPADAN, Abra -- The Provincial Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) and the Cordillera Regional TF-ELCAC recently inspected the on-going Local Access Road Project under the Support to the Barangay Development Program (SBDP) project in a remote barangay here to monitor its progress.
This project located in Brgy, Ud-udiao, Sallapadan is a road upgrade with a total length of 1,490.21 meters. Its implementation was started just recently, and when completed will benefit particularly the residents of Sitio Mabungtot and Sitio Nangas-asan.
“We proposed this road upgrade project during our Barangay Development Council meeting because we saw possibilities of further developments once Sitio Nangas-asan is connected to Sitio Mabungtot,” Ud-udiao Punong Barangay Fernando Dakiwas said in an interview.
He explained that during heavy rainfall, Sitio Mabungtot is isolated due to the swelling of a creek situated at the end of Sitio Nangas-asan. For now, the locals are using a footbridge to cross between the two sitios.
The team also inspected a box culvert being built which forms part of the 1.4 kilometer road extension. The box culvert will channel pedestrians and vehicles over the creek for easier access to other sitios.
Barangay Ud-Udiao is one of the farthest and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAS) in the province that it takes more than four- hour travel from the capital town of Bangued to reach the place.
For the past decades, government services and projects entering the barangay are limited considering the road conditions and travel time. Hence, vulnerable to the propaganda and recruitment of communist-terrorist groups.
Dakiwas affirmed that ever since conflict-affected barangays were prioritized under the current administration, a lot has changed which include continuing development, community’s participation to local governance and the attainment of peace and order in the barangay.
He cited this priority project funded under the SBDP of the National Task Force-ELCAC that will provide more opportunities to the residents aside from easing transportation.
Aside from Brgy. Ud-udiao, another recipient of the SBDP in Sallapadan is barangay Naguilian whose upgrading of local access road project in Sitio Induyas is 84.15 percent completed as of October 22, 2021. (JDP/CAGT-PIA CAR-Abra)