Army engineers turn
over Kalayaan projects to Calbayog barangays
By ELEEN LIM and NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– Five barangays from the northern part of Calbayog City
received the fruits of their “liberation” from being affected by the
insurgents: through the Kalayaan Barangays Program or KBP Projects of
the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Fernandez, Jr, commander of the 53rd Engineer Brigade and Col. Arnolfo
Atendido, commander of 803rd Infantry Brigade, turned over to city
mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento and the five punong barangays the fully
accomplished KBP projects package consisting of a 2-room school
building, a health center and street lights.
The simple turn-over
ceremony was held at Brgy. Peña in Tinambacan district.
health workers and teachers of Barangays Peña, Cagmanipis Norte,
Malaga, Tinaplacan and Bugtong received the projects worth P1.5
Million per package.
According to LtCol.
Rizalito Tibon, the commanding officer of 543rd Engineer Construction
Battalion, the Kalayaan Barangays Program of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo was intended for conflict-affected communities all
over the country.
It is given to
barangays who lack basic infrastructure projects such as health
centers, school buildings and water system.
barangays in Calbayog, according to Col. Tibon, were selected when the
Special Operations Team (SOT) from the 20th IB conducted a
pulong-pulong with the people as to their needs.
These needs were
submitted to the National Development Command, which in turn,
requested the funds from the President.
Residents noticed the
good quality of work done by the army engineers.
Col. Tibon said, “Iyon
lang po talaga ang gawain naming mga army engineers, lahat ng gawin
namin, kailangan matibay, para hindi na magkaproblema ang ating mga
communities, at hindi masira ang gobyerno.”
He added that army
engineers are “service oriented,” hence whatever funds allocated for
the project are being spent.
In case there are
savings, they use it to buy tables and chairs for the teachers.
Col. Fernandez also
promised to provide lavatories for the health centers and a complete
set of computers for each of the school buildings.
Students, teacher and
the rural folks showed their appreciation by applauding the army