THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has turned over P24 million worth of infrastructure projects in insurgency-cleared barangays of Ifugao under the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP).
The projects in question are farm-to-market roads turned over to Barangays Binablayan, Danggo, Gumhang, Luhong, Tokucan in Tinoc and Barangay Pula in Asipulo, as well as livelihood and development projects distributed among barangays Danggo, Tokucan, Gumhang, Luzong and Binablayan in Tinoc.
The SBDP is a program run by the government in a bid to bring development and opportunities to contested areas in the country to encourage members of insurgent groups to defect and return to the fold of the law.
DILG Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Director Araceli San Jose expressed optimism that the projects will provide the concerned community residents with safer access to health, education, transportation and delivery of farm produce to the market centers that will boost the economic development in the barangays.
“When roads are insufficient, we, the government must step up to help upgrade, repair, and rehabilitate these vital links that serve as the primary drivers of tourism and local economic growth required to support economic and social development particularly in neglected and GIDA barangays,” San Jose said.