“We’ve never had these many projects for barangays,” says Quezon Municipal Mayor Pablo M. Lorenzo III. “I could see the goal this road project will bring, which aims at providing people with equal opportunities for an improved economic livelihood.”

The Department of the Interior and Local Government – 10 in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Bukidnon, and Municipal Government of Quezon successfully organized the ceremonial groundbreaking of one local access road project worth P20M at Barangay Delapa, Quezon, Bukidnon on September 16.

Gracing the event are Municipal Mayor Pablo Lorenzo III, DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe, Provincial Administrator Atty. Jay Albarece, PA 1003rd Infantry Brigade Major General Ronnel Legarde, Deputy Provincial Director PLt. Col. Daryl G. Aranton, and DILG Bukidnon Provincial Director Engr. Carmelo Enrique Libot.

“I have witnessed the real government,” Punong Barangay Larry Daquiado said, as he recalled the first time he worked together with the DILG, PNP, AFP and various agencies in identifying what projects will best serve the utmost need of the barangay. After careful analysis, they chose the farm-to-market road project. “When this road is done, it will be easier for us to transport and sell our products such as bananas, corn, sugar cane, and cassava. We are truly grateful for this very important project that has come to our barangay.”

The said project is under the Local Government Support Fund – Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) an assistance initiated by the National Government through the institutionalization of Executive Order No. 70 or the whole-of-nation approach in ending local communist armed conflict in the country.

DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe in his message shared the collective experience from former rebels why they joined communist terrorist groups (CTGs), and how SBDP will expand government presence in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).

“The common reason is they barely felt any government presence in their respective areas. This groundbreaking of the SBDP project is the first time where the National Government, under the leadership of President Duterte, has reached even the most remote barangays in our country. Good governance will actually win our fight against communist terrorist groups,” Director Arnel Agabe said. (DILG10/RO/Jess A. Batoon)