Davao Norte to fund beautification of barangay sites
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (14 September) -- After ensuring all villages in Davao del Norte now have their own suitable barangay halls, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario is yet offering additional grant for the beautification of the barangay sites.
Gov. del Rosario observed many of the barangay centers in the province are being mixed up, with lots of idle spaces, some eyesores and mislaid trees.
Being an important landmark of the community, he said, the premises of the barangay sites should be clearly segregated and its general appearance improved.
He enjoined all barangay officials to engage the involvement of the whole community in beautifying the sites and to make use of the school children to set up gardens inside the premises.
Del Rosario assured the provincial government will be giving funds for the fences, ornamental plants and vegetables seeds needed for the gardens.
"We will provide some funds for the beautification of the barangay sites, including some seeds and fertilizers for the gardens," he assured.
He said part of making the barangay centers functional is making their grounds beautiful and productive.
He added the barangays should set an example on how to make the land productive by turning idle spaces into gardens and planting them with vegetables.
Aside from being an essential component of the barangay nutrition program, the governor said the gardens will also serve as a training ground for the school children to learn about agriculture and to be close to nature.
He shared his exposure to gardening during his childhood days has contributed a lot to his success as a corporate manager of a big agricultural company.
The Governor directed Provincial Planning, Engineering and Development Officer Engr. Josie Jean Rabanos to help in determining the boundary of all the barangay sites.
He said everybody will benefit from the project if the barangay officials and the whole community will only get their heads together.
"It is only a small project. But, if we put our acts together it will redound to the greater benefit of our people," he reassured.
Gov brings light to Napunggas
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (14 September) -- Residents of Puroks 4-10 in Barangay Napunggas, Asuncion, Davao del Norte have every reason to celebrate for the light has finally come to their sleepy village.
They erupted in cheers, expressing their heartfelt gratitude in chorus when Governor Rodolfo del Rosario led the ceremonial switching-on of the energization project that ended the darkness in their homes.
All the barangays of the province are already energized, save for some puroks in far-flung barangays that are yet to be connected to the main electrical trunk lines.
The governor said the lighting of the remaining un-energized puroks continues to be a priority of the provincial government.
He stressed the urgency of adequate power supply in the development of the communities.
He said without electricity the various infrastructure projects put up by the government remain wanting in substance in totally pushing the advancement of the countryside.
The coming of electricity, he added, means better livelihood opportunities and better quality of life for the people in the area.
Aside from the improvement of peace and order condition thru lighted streets, together with better comfort for households, the power will also enable the school children to improve their study habits at night for better academic performance.
Besides the energization project, Barangay Napunggas also received a new stage for their covered court, which are part of the P1 million provided under the governor's Project NOBLE (No Barangay Left Behind). (PIA) [top]