Tire path project benefits mixed community, unites warring clans in Zambo Sur village

Mindanao Peace Process • Wed Mar 1, 2017 04:56 PM  •  118   0
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A motorist in Barangay Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur drives through the tire path project of BDA-MTFRDP) (BDA-image)
A motorist in Barangay Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur drives through the tire path project of BDA-MTFRDP) (BDA-image)
COTABATO CITY -- It is indeed true that road connects people, lives and resources. It is a bridge towards development.  

For the populace of Barangay Sambulawan, Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur, development has been felt since the construction of a tire path implemented by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) through the Bangsamoro Solidarity component of the Mindanao Trust Fund Reconstruction and Development Program (MTFRDP).  
The project was formally turned over to the community of Barangay Sambulawan in ceremonies attended by Dinas Municipal Mayor Felisito Ricky Chavez, Sangguniang Bayan Members Mark Nian and Rambo Domingo, Chairman Daranda Butito, Political Cahirman Naguib Mantolino, Barangay Captain Tuwag P. Lao and his council, BDA- Regional Management Office (RMO) Staff headed by Engr. Ali L. Butongkay and officers and members of Sambulawan Peoples Organization.  

“This 500-meter tire path will benefit 5,593 individuals (48.10 percent men and 51.90 percent female),” Ramil Casio, president of Sambulawan People’s Organization (SPO), said.  

He added that the 500-meter tire path will help further improve access to basic services as it complemented the previous 620-meter road also through BDA-MTFRDP which was implemented in 2015.

“This project is really a big help for us in many aspects of our lives here in our barangay because it will help reduce and or prevent the risks of accidents in the community such as vehicular accidents caused by slippery and sometimes impassable road, especially when it rains,” Casio stated.  

Agri-fishery development

People in Barangay Sambulawan rely mainly on farming (rice, corn, coconut, sea weeds, among others) and fishing.  

Alfredo Corbita, PO member accounted that transport of their crops to nearby market becomes better.

“It has become easier for us to transport our products to sell. Before, the only means of transportation was a horse-drawn cart. We were paying 10 pesos for every kilo of rice. Now, motorcycle can already access our community, transportation is easier, less expenses and lesser time,” Corbita said.
    
Benefit to women and children  

Women and children also become the primary users of the tire path project. The project has provided easier road in times of emergency for the residents of the community especially for the women (e.g. giving birth).  

For the children, going to school is easier especially when it rains. They are no longer traversing muddy and sticky road. They have better access to education, they are more motivated and parents have fewer worries.  

Bridging gap between warring clans   

Ali Butongkay, regional of BDA Zamboanga Peninsula Region recalls the situation of their community before the coming of BDA and the program.  

“Brgy. Sambulawan was affected by the clan feud existing for many years before. When BDA implemented project in 2016 in nearby barangay, the Sungayan, their staff passes through Sambulawan so the people asked on how can they avail same project,” Jamilon said.  

Upon learning that security and peace and order is among the criteria in site selection, the barangay local government unit (LGU) then initiated to settle the conflict through the help of the municipal LGU.

The Brgy. Sambulawan was then considered as one of the community-recipients of BDA for the 4thProgram Partnership Agreement (PPA4) of the MTFRDP implemented in 2013-2015.
 

“Indeed, when there is peace, there is development. Since the coming of this program, there was peace and people started living harmoniously without fear of being affected by the conflict, then life become prosperous,” the community told.  

Inclusivity  

The completed tire path project is implemented under the Bangsamoro Solidarity component of the MTFRDP implemented by the BDA since January 2006 up to the present.  

Bangsamoro Solidarity is conceptualized to demonstrate inclusivity. It targeted mixed communities.  

“The Bangsamoro Solidarity component is really intended for communities with mixed populace in line with our principle of inclusiveness, and also because we are operating in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, reaching out communities even outside the proposed Bangsamoro Core Territories,” BDA Executive Director Mohammad S. Yacob said.  

Barangay Sambulawan with 1,004 populations is composed of 45% Maguindanaon, 50% Cebuano and 5% Subanen.   Implemented across the regions of Davao, Southern Mindanao and Zamboanga-Peninsula, the program has 26, 976 number of beneficiaries (48% male, 52% female in 10 tri people communities).  
Bangsamoro SOLIDARITY is a program conceptualized in support to confidence building measures of the GPH- MILF as provided in the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB).

This was also in respond to the clamour from the communities especially on the implementation of basic services including livelihood opportunities.  

“This project demonstrates the continuing commitment of both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH) in pursuing peace and development in the Bangsamoro, and in Mindanao in general," Dir. Yacob said.


"It also demonstrates the enduring support of donors in helping the BDA promote socioeconomic recovery in the conflict affected areas in Mindanao", Yacob added.


Bangsamoro SOLIDARITY is implemented in partnership with the Mindanao Lanao Foundation as trust fund recipient.  

It is supported by the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) with various donors such as the European Union, the government of Sweden, Australia, Canada, United States, New Zealand and the World Bank which also serves as Trust Fund Administrator and Secretariat.  

MTF has been supporting BDA since 2006 reaching 127, 031 beneficiaries thru 140 sub-projects implemented in 65 barangays of 21 municipalities across the BDA six regions as of 2015.  

BDA is a development agency established in 2002 in accordance with the Humanitarian and Rehabilitation Aspect of GPH-MILF Tripoli Agreement of June 2001. 
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