Mulanay community energized thru Makamasang Tugon
by Jose Arceo
Lucena City (25 June) -- For years, the residents of Barangay Ibabang Yuni, Mulanay, Quezon lived in a 'powerless' community. Electricity or kuryente practically bears no meaning to them except through the use of batteries and dynamos which only few residents could afford to use.
Recently, the residents found a different form of power that helped resolved their 'powerless' state of living. Through the Makamasang Tugon project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the residents were empowered to be involved in the conceptualization, planning and implementation of their proposed 2,300 linear meter electrification project - their perceived response to community's primary problem.
"Ang buhay po sa Ibabang Yuni ay napakahirap talaga," Noel Eroa of the municipal government of Mulanay related. "Bukod sa gasera at mga rechargeable batteries lang ang gamit ng mga residente pang-ilaw sa gabi, mababa din ang oportunidad para sa alternative source of income lalo na at di sila pwedeng mag-stock ng mga huli nilang isda at malayo kasi ang bilihan ng yelo. Apektado talaga ang kita ng bawat pamilya."
"Dahil sa nakita nilang magandang maidudulot ng electrification project sa kanila naki-isa at nagpursigi po ang residente para mabuo ang proyekto," Eroa added.
Because of the residents' involvement and volunteerism and through the leadership of the Municipal Government of Mulanay, the project was completed two weeks ahead of its projected completion date and at a cost of Php969,752.22 only or Php131,000 less than the projected cost of P1,925,442.93.
Last May 26, 2009, the DSWD through its CALABARZON Field Office, the local government unit of Mulanay headed by Mayor Prudencio Maxino Jr. and Engr. Carlito Rufo, Jr., the General Manager of QUEZELCO I energized Ibabang Yuni through the inauguration of the said 2,300 linear meter main power line project that would benefit at least 150 households.
cording to Dir Honorita B. Bayudan of DSWD CALABARZON, the MT project , concretizes the efforts of the National Government, including that of the Department's, to empower poor communities to respond to their identified problems in partnership with the local government units. "We hope that through the completion of this project, the residents of Ibabang Yuni and the local government of Mulanay would be inspired to continue with the community based development approach of Makamasang Tugon and of KALAHI-CIDSS, and continue to work hand-in-hand in responding to the other needs of your community," Dir Bayudan said.
Because of the savings generated by the community from the allocated funds of the project, an estimated 1,080 additional linear meters of power line is expected to be installed and an additional 40 households to be served. The Mulanay Municipal Government shouldered the labor cost for the electrification project as their equity.
Brgy Ibabang Yuni electrification project is only one of the 14 MT community projects being implemented in Mulanay that includes farm to market roads upgrading. The said projects have a total project cost of Ph14M and are expected to be completed by the end of June, 2009. (DSWD/PIA) [top]