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PIA Press Release
2010/02/24

RDC hails Army engineers for projects in remote barangays

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 24) -- The Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC) Chairman, Mel Senen Sarmiento was all praises for the army?s 543rd engineer battalion for the school bulding projects in Samar?s remote barangays.

In the recently concluded RDC meeting in Calbayog City, Mayor Sarmiento cited the army?s contribution to the barangays.

Some teachers, Sarmiento told the RDC officers, came to him to relate good stories about the infrastructure projects.

"Because the army engineers worked fast, they were able to save on the cost and instead bought a personal computer for the school," the mayor proudly beamed.

In the whole Samar island, the Kalayaan sa Barangay Project (KBP) has benefited schoolchildren and teachers and even barangay LGUs.

In some areas, they were able to construct streetlights as in the case of Paranas barangays namely Jose Roņo, Paco and Concepcion that have been blessed with two classroom bulidings and one rural health center.

Streetlight and water system were also added to Barangay Concepcion. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),through the KALAHI program aims to alleviate poverty in the communities.

The KBP gives infrastructure programs in the communities threatened by insurgency. Government interventions converge in these communities to ensure the government's visibility. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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