Peace body bares triumphs amid challenges in Kalabugao Plains

The implementation of Kalabugao Plains Peace and Development Convergence Program (KP-PDCP) is in full swing as member-agencies of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Region 10 Technical Working Group (TWG) shared their accomplishments for CY 2016.

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“It is timely that we are gathered here so we could present our accomplishments and at the same time we could assess the implementation of the different programs that we have conducted as far as the Kalabugao Plains is concerned,” Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said during a meeting of the TWG held at the DILG conference room.

Agabe also emphasized the importance of considering not only the input of the involved agencies but also the impact of each effort. 

“I hope we will have a very substantive discussion and we could identify the necessary steps for the next 11 months of the year,” he said.

 

Meanwhile, the TWG has weathered some challenges of implementing the program through interventions and innovations to serve the beneficiaries at Kalabugao Plains for 2016.

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For its part, DILG facilitated the improvement of water system, construction of spillway, road rehabilitation of Brgy. Bulonay-Pulangui River and Peace and Order and Gender-Responsive, Child-Friendliness, Culture-Sensitivity Public Safety Plan (POPS) Plan Formulation.

 

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provided skills training, entrepreneurship training, product development and trade fair and promotion activities (i.e. Kahimunan), soft broom making, mat weaving, enhancement on coffee post-harvest handling and processing, and bamboo slats processing, treatment and preservation.

Department of Health (DOH) was able to purchase medicines to IPs including maintenance drugs; deployed Doctor to the Barrio (DTTB). However, since there is no doctor in Impasug-ong town Main Health Center, the DTTB has been assigned there to cater to the needs of the municipality as a whole; conducted Tamang Serbisyo Para sa Kalusugan ng Pamila (TSEKAP) Caravan at Impasug-ong and Manolo towns participated by indigents, senior citizens, PWDs, infants, pregnant women, couples.

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Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) likewise conducted skills training on rice farm production, meat processing, abaca enhancement, dressmaking and tailoring, handicraft project, tikog bags and mat weaving, cabbage production, sweet peas production, peanut processing, swine production and fattening, cut flower production, rice trading, hog dispersal, resh miki production.

 

Further, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) provided assistance on delineation and titling, codification of customary laws, documentation of IPs, educational assistance program (EAP) and extended legal services to IP clients.

 

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) implemented the tree growing and greening of at least 1,330 hectares in the area.

Completion of the East-west lateral road connecting Agusan del Sur to Bukidnon, Damay-Kalabugao-Adtolawon Road, including right of way and bridges with project cost of P751,576,940 for the year through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

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Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) implemented community-based training programs including Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing, Massage Therapy/Hilot, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Pipefitting, Housekeeping.

Community Irrigation project/system of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) would also benefit the community.

There are also two Indigenous People (IP) who are enlisted to the Philippine Army and would be serving the community.

IN THE PIPELINE

Aside from the capability building, greening program, construction of vital road network among along the Kalabugao Plains, the construction of a Training Center is in the offing for Kalabugao through TESDA.

Philippine Army likewise continues to open its door of opportunity to IP for their enlistment.

CHALLENGES

The TWG has also revealed some factors, which contributed to the delay in the implementation of various interventions for the program. These include: road is impassable going to Barangay Kalabugao making it difficult to bring materials and equipment to the site; unfavorable weather condition; and unavailability of aggregates due to suspension of aggregate extraction at quarry site contributed delay in the completion of project among others.

RPOC-TWG has conceptualized the program in 2013 aimed to develop Kalabugao Plain into an economically, environmentally, and culturally developed community. The development of the Kalabugao Plain would benefit the IP, the most vulnerable target of the insurgency movement in the region. (EOR/PIA10)

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