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'Badang' practice hastens development

TABUK CITY (15 October) -- The 'badang' system traditionally practiced among villagers in the Cordilleras particularly in agriculture and constructing houses is being adopted by local officials in the province especially in seeking development assistance from stakeholders.

Lately, it became a practice of local officials and development planners to divide the job among stakeholders. Congress through the priority development assistance fund, concerned national agencies and official development assistance were asked to fund big projects and the local government units for smaller ones. In the process is the counterparting of resources from all stakeholders that makes the implementation of projects easy.

Having that spirit, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Kalinga continue their hunt for financial assistance from possible sources even reaching out to the members of Congress for a share from their countryside development fund to help implement their so-called "development initiatives".

Senior Board Member Fernando Abay, who introduced most of the provincial request for assistance said "it is wiser to expand our horizon in our search for sources of development funds than to stay home and feel as if contented.

"Our provincial budget could not suffice to finance programs and projects we want to implement in the province," Abay said adding that while we beg for help, we also develop our local potentials and increase our financial capability in order not to remain mendicant or dependent on outside help.

Similar to what President Gloria Arroyo is doing in her foreign visits seeking multilateral and bilateral trade relations with other countries, we are also doing our homework by seeking partnership with national and international level partners including the private sector, he said.

The SP requested a total of P6 million in infrastructure projects from Congressman Manuel Agyao. These are the P2M construction of Cagaluan-Tanglag farm to market road (FMR); P2M for the rehabilitation of Tulgao FMR; and, P2M for the purchase of two garbage dump trucks for Bulanao and Dagupan. Another request was addressed to Senator Eduardo Angara asking P2M for the gravelling of the two kilometer Cadao, Rizal FMR.

The SP also asked NIA to include in its P507 million World Bank funded repair of the Upper Chico River Irrigation System the expansion of lateral canals to serve the unserviceable areas in Tabuk.

To expand the 'badang' system and uplift also the status of the barangays, the SP in turn transferred P60,000 from the current 20% development fund of the province to Barangay Balawag this city for the construction of a jetmatic deepwell. It has also transferred P20,000 for the improvement of the Rizal National High School, Macutay Annex. Another P15,000 was given to Bado Dangwa Elementary School for the improvement of its footpath.

The request converting the Taloctoc (Tanudan) FMR into a provincial road for the province to improve and maintain it was referred to the infrastructure committee of the SP. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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