Philippine Army engineers complete KBP projects in Neg. Or. ahead of schedule
April 16, 2009 3:35 am
DUMAGUETE CITY, Apr. 15 –- The Philippine Army’s 53rd Engineer Brigade is working way ahead of schedule in completing various infrastructure projects in Negros Oriental under the Kalayaan Barangays Program (KBP) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
These are part of the more than P35-million infrastructure projects to be implemented in the rebel-prone towns of Pamplona, Zamboanguita and Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental to address the long-running insurgency problem and usher in peace and development in such areas.
As of April 9, six KBP projects have already been 100 percent completed by the 542nd Engineer Construction “Pathfinder” Battalion (ECB) of the 53rd Engineers Brigade, based in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental.
Lt. Col. Noel Detoito, commander of the 542nd ECB, said the projects include four one-classroom school buildings, worth P294,000 each, in the villages of San Jose and Nagbinlod in Sta. Catalina, and in Najandig and Calango in Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental.
Also completed are a health center with steel trusses, worth P500,000 in Barangay Calango, Zamboanguita, and another health center with wood trusses costing P300,000, in Barangay Najandig, also in Zamboanguita town.
In the meantime, construction is ongoing for the water system projects in Barangay Abante, Pamplona and in Sitio Kakha, Barangay Talalak in Sta. Catalina, and the rehabilitation of the Mangulod Road also in Sta. Catalina.
Lt. Col. Detoito said the completed projects is initially scheduled for turn over by Presidential Adviser for the Visayas Felix Guanzon to the local government units sometime next month, during a “Halad sa Katawhan” in Zamboanguita town.
The KBP, being implemented under the KALAHI convergence program through the Office of the Presidential Adviser of the Peace Process (OPAPP), is being implemented only in Negros Oriental as it is the only province in Central Visayas that is still affected by the insurgency.
Earlier, a project brief showed that recipient villages and corresponding projects include, as follows: San Jose, San Miguel, Talalak, and Nagbinlod in Sta. Catalina with P10 million worth of projects to include classrooms, 5-10 kilometer access roads, and water system; Najandig and Calango of Zamboanguita, P9-million for roads, water system, health centers, school buildings, and electrification;
Repair of access roads and construction of water system at P9,970,200 in Barangays Banawe, Sta. Agueda and Abante, Pamplona and also, the development of access roads in Casalaan, Siaton and Enrique Villanueva, Sibulan, each receiving P3-million, according to Col. Cesar Yano, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, based in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental. (PNA) V3/JFP