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Saturday, February 26, 2022

First batch of SBDP projects in SurSur inaugurated

By: Nida Grace P. Barcena

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur -- Two projects totaling PhP20 million under the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) were successfully turned over to the remote barangay of Diatagon in Liangia, Surigao del Sur on February 22, 2022. 

The completion of the two projects was part of the six projects completed in the province, and the first in the nation’s infrastructure project supported by both the National and Regional Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict institutionalized by President Rodrigo Duterte through the Executive Order No. 70. The project completion is funded by the national government, through the Local Government Support Fund-Support to the Barangay Development Fund Program (LGSF-SBDP).

On February 22, the projects turned over consisted of one-storey, two-classroom school building worth PhP2 million and a 1.2km farm-to-market (FMR) road worth PhP18 million, both established in Sitio Simuwao in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga town. The Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur, under the administration of Governor Alexander Pimentel, is the project implementer.

Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary for New Media and External Affairs and NTF-ELCAC spokesperson USec. Lorraine Badoy graced the event together with DILG Dir. Rene Valera.

Despite the unfavorable weather, USec Badoy, assisted by Governor Alexander Pimentel with Lianga Mayor Novelita Sarmen, successfully led the ribbon-cutting of the two projects on Tuesday morning in Kilometer 9, Sitio Simuwao, Diatagon. Barangay Diatagon chairperson Remejio Pareja accepted the key of responsibility. 

“Magpasalamat ako og dako sa among kalsada para dili na kami magkalisod sa among mga produkto pagpapalugsong ngadto sa among lungsod (I am very thankful for our road because we will no longer have trouble getting our products to the town's center),” said Gilma Tejero, president of  Km 9 Simuwao Kabudagan Assocation (KSKA).

Tejero is also thankful for the new school building, which she says will be a great help to the children in their community. 


“Bisan tood wala koy anak nga nag-eskwela diri, naningkamot gihapon ako og dako nga aron makatabang sa eskwelahan para ang ako mga kabanayanan dinhi sa Sitio Simuwao (Even though I don’t have a child who goes to school here, I still try to help the school for the people here in Sitio Simuwao),” Tejero added.

Also present during the event are DILG-Caraga regional director Lilibeth Farmacion, 401st Infantry Brigade comander Col. Rommel Almaria, Surigao del Sur-Provincial Police Office (SDS-PPO) director PCol. Joseph Boquerin, heads and representatives of different government agencies, partner stakeholders, Indigenous People Mandatory Representatives (IPMR) and IP leaders in the province, members of the KSKA, and community members of the recipient barangay.

Meanwhile, four other projects were turned over on February 23 in San Agustin and Hinatuan towns, all in this province. (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)