Saturday, June 19, 2010

Philippine Army Engineers Complete P175 Million-Worth Infrastructure Projects in CamSur

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – The Philippine Army Engineers have completed P175 million worth infrastructure projects which were part of the Kalayaan sa Barangay Program (KBP) projects, a military officer said.

Major Harold M Cabunoc, 9ID Spokesperson, said that 138 completed infrastructure projects were turned-over to the local government officials of Camarines Sur during a simple turn-over rites held in the provincial capitol yesterday (18 June).

“Our 51st Engineering Brigade has completed various projects including 28 school buildings, 31 water systems, 20 health centers and 41 farm-to-market roads, which were implemented in 8 different municipalities in Camsur province” said Cabunoc.

Barangay Chair Jinet Delgado of Palsong Village in Bula town came to witness the turn-over ceremony. She was very happy that the soldiers came to help construct additional classrooms in her village.

“I could not contain my happiness for the help extended to us by the Philippine Army. In the past, some of our school children were having classes under the shades of the trees, due to over-population in our public schools,” said Delgado.

In her speech, Mayor Jeanette Bernaldez, the mayor of Bato town, shared her experience about the lack of roads in her hometown.

“When I visited the constituents of my barangays, it was very difficult for me to travel due to the problem of inaccessibility of the remote villages; but now, we are blessed to have these new roads constructed by the Army Engineers,” she said.

Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division, said that the implementation of the Army’s peace and development programs is his top priority.

“We cannot defeat the communist insurgency with the use of guns alone. To address the various root causes of the problem, we are helping communities to have access to the basic social services that they need and the KBP projects are among the assistance that we can extend to our people in remote areas,” Pabustan said.

The Kalayaan sa Barangay Program (KBP) projects are part of PGMA’s flagship programs. It is aimed to achieve sustainable peace and development in conflict-affected communities through the accelerated, barangay-focused rehabilitation and development.

Unlike any other development projects of the government, the KBP projects are implemented by the Army Engineers under the over-all supervision of the National Development Support Command (NADESCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

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