Sarangani Folks Unite For Peace and Progress

March 5, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez speaks to villagers in Alabel town. (Photo by released by the Sarangani Provincial Information Office / Mindanao Examiner)
SARANGANI, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Mar. 04, 2008) – Local government officials have sought community cooperation and support for stable peace and order condition in Alabel town in Sarangani province.
Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez, who led municipal officials to the village of Datal Anggas on Tuesday , gave the opportunity for locals to air their sentiments and get government attention to improve their living condition. “Kailangan naming ang inyong suporta at kooperasyon,” (We need all your support), he told the villagers.
Dominguez asked them to list down the basic services they needed so local government could take proper actions. The municipal government has built a water system sourced from a spring that now benefits more than 80 households in the village belonging to the B’laan tribe. A nursery for 10,000 rubber trees was also constructed late last year in Datal Anggas and nearby villages.
Last year, dozens of New People’s Army rebels who surrendered to the military are now beneficiaries of government agricultural programs. Most of the lands they till are planted to corns. “Salamat sa tulong ng gobyerno sa amin,” (We thanked the government for this support), former rebel, Roger Tartisan, said.

A livelihood training on basket weaving for former rebels and women was also conducted by cellular phone giant, Globe Telecom and ABS-CBN Bayan Foundation’s BridgeCom sa Bayan, in partnership with the provincial government of Sarangani and the Alcantara Foundation.
Roads were also built in the village. Purok Chairman Victor Moda said the completion of a six-kilometer Ihan-Kalbangan road through the food-for-work program would enable children to go to a primary school two kilometers away from the purok center.
Lt. Col. Manuel Sequitin, commander of the Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion, also put up a post in the village to ensure the security of the locals.

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