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DILG allocates P40-M dev't projects to conflict-stricken villages in Sarangani


Flor Limpin (right), DILG provincial director for Sarangani leads local officials in the ground breaking ceremony of more than P40-M worth of farm-to-market road projects and peace center in former conflict-stricken villages in Maasim, Sarangani.

The Department of Interior and Local Government is set to implement more than P40 million worth of development projects in former conflict-stricken villages in Maasim, Sarangani pronvince.

Flor Limpin, DILG provincial director for Sarangani, said the funding will be charged against DILG-led PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) Projects which aims to spur development in impoverished areas which were once stricken by conflict between government forces and rebel groups.

He said a farm to market road worth P20 million and a P1 million peace center will be constructed in Barangay Lumatil while Barangay Daliao gets funding for the construction of P20 million worth farm-to-market road, a water system project worth P3.5 million and P1.5 million peace center.

The two coastal villages were once strongholds of Moro National Liberation Front which signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996.

"The construction of farm-to-market roads is expected to boost agricultural production in area where local farmers could easily transport their produce to the market," Limpin said.

Maasim Vice-Mayor Uttoh Salem Cutan, a former MNLF commander, underscored the cooperation among the various stakeholders in the local communities to support the peace and development initiatives of the government.

"The stability of peace and security is deemed necessary to spur development projects in the former conflict-stricken areas," said Cutan, who once served as executive director of the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD).

Lumatil village chair Boni Sultan thanked the national government for prioritizing their community to receive development projects.

"The farm-to-market road was the first project given by the national government to our community," Sultan said.

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