GINGOOG CITY, Misamis Oriental (PIA)–The Office of The Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has turned-over the Kalipay-Sangalan-Eureka “peace road” funded under its PAMANA project to the city government here.
“Kining mga barangaya aduna’y presence sa mga NPA. In fact, naa’y na hitabo nga encounter diri sa Barangay Kalipay, until now there are still sightings in five sitios, but since na connect na ni nga road medyo naibsan, some of them already surrendered,” OPAPP-10 Area Manager James Alih Abdul said.
(These barangays have NPA presence. In fact, there was an encounter in Barangay Kalipay. Until now there are still sightings in five sitios but since the roads are now connected, their numbers dwindled, some of them already surrendered)
Under OPAPPs Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program, the P73-million concrete road spanning 5.2 kilometers provides access to three isolated priority barangays, namely, Kalipay, Sangalan, and Eureka to make government services more accessible to the residents there.
With farming as their main industry, Abdul said, these barangays will experience economic growth and livelihood enhancement. “Before wala pa ni nga road ang price sa ilang mga saging is only P4 per kilo, now niabot na sa tag P16 per kilo since madala na nila sa merkado (Before this road was constructed, the price of their banana was only P4 per kilo, now it is P16 per kilo since it is now easier for them to bring them to the market),” he said.
For his part, Barangay Kalipay Captain Ruel Mantantan expressed his gratitude for the completion of the concrete road in his barangay.
“Sauna isa ka oras kapin ang biyahe paingon sa dakbayan sa Gingoog, karon isa ka oras tunga nalang unya ang mga emergency sauna naay mamatay na mga pasyente sa dalan, ang uban mamatay nalang sa balay kay dili madala sa hospital,” he shared.
(Before it would take us an hour and more to reach Gingoog. But now it only takes half an hour. During emergencies before, people would die in the road and others die at home because they cannot be brought to the hospital.)