3 Batanes villages get KALAHI project commitments

January 12, 2010 12:19 pm 

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Jan. 12 – Three barangays in the island province of Batanes are set to receive various package of assistance under the "Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan" (KALAHI) program of the national government this year.

Presidential Assistant for Cagayan Valley and Regional KALAHI Committee (RKC) chair Monina Plan said the project commitment is only an initial package of assistance identified by the RKC members.

Based on the project commitment report by RKC, barangays Kaychanarian and Kayvaluganan in Basco town and barangay Sta. Maria in Itbayat town are identified as recipients of a P6 million-worth Drip Irrigation Rain Collector with Tank by the Department of Agriculture(DA) and the National Irrigation Administration(NIA) this year.

Other commitments lined up for implementation in Batanes province are improvement, repair and construction of farm-to-market roads, establishment of local health zones and "Botika sa Barangay", construction of day care centers, provision of scholarship grants, deployment of teachers, flood control projects, provision of motorized fishing boats, aqua culture training, organization of cooperatives and livelihood skills training among others.

Aside from the three barangays in Batanes, other sites such as in Maddela and Aglipay towns in Quirino province, the towns of Benito Soliven, Echague, Jones, Delfin Albano, San Mariano and Cauayan City in Isabela, Santiago City and Sta. Teresita and Baggao towns in Cagayan province have already received government projects and assistance through the KALAHI program.

For the 1st semester of 2009 alone, RKC members in collaboration with local government units have already covered 46 target sites out of the 49 KALAHI primary and secondary barangays in Cagayan Valley representing 93.87 percent accomplishment rate. (PNA)

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