Army combat, engineering battalions turn over KBP projects to villagers

November 3, 2009 9:36 pm 

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley, Nov. 4 -– Despite of continues harassment by the communist-New People’s Army (NPA) in some areas in Compostela Valley (ComVal) province, a combat maneuvering battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) turned over key “Kalayaan sa Barangay Program" (KBP) projects to villagers in far-flung areas of the province.

Lt. Colonel Gilbert F Saret, commanding officer of the 25th Infantry Battalion, 10th Infantry Division personally turned over the facilities early this week to local officials and barangay beneficiaries at GK Village in Barangay Kinuban, Maco, ComVal province.

The KBP project is composed of the electrification of the entire GK village, a farm to market road that connects the village to the Kinuban elementary school, and the additional classroom for the Kinuban Elementary School.

ComVal Gov. Arthuro T. Uy and Maco Mayor Arthur Carlos Voltaire R Rimando expressed gratitude to the AFP for the laudable effort to help the far-flung villagers.

“In one way, your troops are also here to deliver the needs and services to the local populace together with the different stakeholders like the local government units (LGUs), line government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), teachers and all other sectors in the society. Truly, this initiative of our soldiers hand-in-hand with the different stakeholders has presented a no-nonsense government in motion," said Col. Saret.

KBP is one of the priority developmental efforts of the AFP, specifically the Philippine Army.

The turn-over was also attended by the commander of the 534th Army Engineering Battalion, Lt. Col. Teodoro Batilo, who spearheaded the construction of the KBP projects on ComVal province.

The 25th IB Research Teams for Peace and Development are at present helping the local government of ComVal province in the conduct of Rapid Need Assessment for projects that will alleviate the living condition of the local populace, and ultimately bring development in the area.

Earlier, the 25th IB together with the 534th Army Engineering Battalion also turned over the newly constructed foot bridge infrastructure project by the US-AID at Purok 3, Barangay Upper Ulip, Monkayo town also of that same province..

The Foot bridge connected the isolated Purok 3 of Upper Ulip to the rest of the Barangay and ultimately to the center of the municipality's trade and commerce.

Several similar projects were being conducted through the US-AID or KBP projects where in the AFP specifically the Philippine Army is actively involved.

Several other KBP projects are still on going in the province. (PNA)

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