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PIA Press Release
2008/02/15

Samar folks weather floods and raging waves through KALAHI projects

by Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 15) -- Tarangnan, Samar folks can now weather floods and raging waves through Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI)'s sub projects turned over today.

Tarangnan poblacion folks received their sub-projects from the KALAHI turn over in simple rites at the Rono Hall, Tarangnan, Samar.

Barangays A, B and C opted for drainage canals, while Barangay E had a sea wall constructed.

Tha drainage canals for the three barangays will save the people from wading in flood waters when the rains heavily pour from the hills nearby.

Barangay Chairman Rodolfo Vergara said he pities the small children when they wade to school.

Punong Barangay Tony Tomalabcad confirmed Vergara's observation. He added that the project involved the residents because they felt the need to prioritize the drainage canal.

The three drainage canals empty the surging waters to Samar Sea, source of marine livelihood to this municipality.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Tarangnan, Barangay E chaired by Elena Reyes opted for a seawall to protect residents from gigantic waves during stormy weather. Some residents have erected their houses in the shoreline of Tarangnan, exposing them to disastrous natural elements when the sea becomes rough.

The project running some 190.5 linear meters doubles as bridge from two opposite points of Tarangnan town.

Mana Dorotea Obundo 60 said her 'walk' from barangay A to E has been reduced by ten minutes, thanks to the sea wall. It serves as a floating highway to students and fisherfolks in the area and triples as a real baywalk for promenaders.

In her speech, Mayor Olaje seriously reminded her people to be responsible and take care of the sub-projects.

The lady mayor also informed PIA that she would still support KALAHI for the incoming 2nd and third cycles in her municipality because the program has benefited her people.

She added that the LGU has shelled out some P 5M (with the barangays) on the first cycle.

The lady mayor believes that KALAHI has supplemented their meager resources. She also informed those present that she would emulate KALAHI's ardous 16 steps in implementing the sub-projects. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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