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P10-M projects eyed for KAMADI district

New Bridge links IP communities to progress

by Noel Baguio

Davao City (25 February) -- Tribal communities in the hinterlands of Asuncion, Davao del Norte were overjoyed with the completion of a new bailey bridge that was built as an important component of the newly-rehabilitated KAMADI road network.

The better road condition and the new bridge are now linking the impoverished village of Camansa towards better access to schools, markets, jobs, health and medical services, among other basic requirements of growth and development.

KAMADI is a tribal administrative district comprising the far-flung barangays of Camansa, Buan, Binancian and Sonlon.

Lumad residents may not have fully realized the project will bring about a windfall of economic opportunities. They see the bridge more as something that has greatly alleviated their plight for decades already.

Now they will no longer contend with being stranded and face the danger in crossing the Upper Saug River on foot, particularly when rampaging currents caused by heavy rains render the river impassable to any vehicle.

Narciso Rama, Barangay Captain of Camansa, recalled how his village is cut off each time the river overflows.

"Sa una, guol kaayo mi kung dunay kusog o dugay nga ulan kay mobaha ug dili mi katabok (Heavy or intermittent rains cause the river to swell and we cannot cross it)," he said.

During such instances, he revealed, there were some brave souls who dared to grapple with the strong currents, especially when there are some emergencies or if others insist on bringing their basic provisions back to their homes a few kilometers more up the mountainous terrain.

But, many of these attempts proved to be a futile. Countless staples such as rice and food supplies, among other basic commodities were washed down the river before.

It's fortunate, though, that no one was drowned. Rama's father was even lucky he survived when one time he was swept away by the strong torrent.

The village chief is happy his constituents will no longer experience these horrible things with the RCDG-ready bridge.

On February 19, 2010, Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario inaugurated the new bridge and the rehabilitated road network, together with three more projects that include the new Camansa Barangay Hall, Buan Barangay Hall, and Buan Multi-Purpose Hall.

The projects, which cost more than P10 million, are part of the Project NOBLE (No Barangay left Behind) of the governor.

Reiterating his intention to open up all dead-end roads in the province, del Rosario pledged to provide more funds to connect the Camansa Road up to Barangay Mayaon in Montevista, Compostela Valley Province, some eight kilometers away.

An all-weather transportation system, according to him, is crucial in linking the tribal communities up to broaden their economic opportunities. (PIA) [top]

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