DAVAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 18 (PIA) - National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Spokesperson, Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy, has announced that funds will be given to Geographically Isolated Depressed Areas (GIDA) in the province.
This announcement was made during Badoy's visit to Sitio Kaylawan, Tibucag and Km 31 in Talaingod, Davao del Norte on January 15, 2021.
"From the NTF-ELCAC stand which is whole-of-the-nation approach of the government, this year is very exciting because we've got the budget for the barangay development program (BDP) which we'll give to 822 barangays from GIDAs needing these projects," she announced.
"Sila mismo ang nag-isip niyan na kailangan namin farm-to-market roads, eskwela, tulay, etc. (It was their idea themselves that they need farm-to-market roads, schools, bridges, etc.)," she added.
Badoy was impressed by the accomplishments of the province against insurgency, saying that providing fund support to it will benefit the people.
"Pag ang isang opisyal ay faithful sa kanyang sinumpaan to defend the Filipino people, ang nakikinabang d'yan ay ang taong bayan (If an official is faithful to their oath to defend the Filipinos, the people are the ones who will benefit)," she said.
Badoy explained that the combined efforts of the Local Government Units (LGU), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and all the other agencies of the government is the key to ending insurgency.
"That makes a big difference ...and that's the way it should be, kasi nangyari naman ang problemang ito dahil ang gobyerno hindi nagsilbi ng maayos. Before this walang roads, absence of access. Once you have roads there hindi na sila excluded; services pwede nang pumunta doon (This problem only happened due to the government not serving properly. Before this, there were no roads, absence of access. Once you have roads there, they are no longer excluded; the services can reach them). That's really true that 'when the road ends, insurgency begins'," she said. (DavNor PIO and Jan Vincent Leuterio/PIA-XI)