Sunday May, 26 2024 10:45:16 PM

Villagers' ingenuity help commuters cross Koronadal river

Local News • 14:15 PM Sat Jul 4, 2015
756
By: 
Roel Osano and Edwin Fernandez
Even the flood control in South Cotabato was damaged by last week's flash floods. (Photo by Radyo Bida Koronadal)

KORONADAL CITY - Enterprising individuals are earning in assisting commuters cross a major bridge here where the bridge was destroyed by flash floods last week.Residents whose farm lots and agricultural products were destroyed by the rampaging flood waters following heavy down pour turned to new sources of livelihood by putting up a floating slabs in transporting commuters across the river.The Namnama bridge served as a vital link from Koronadal City to various outskirt villages and the town of Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat province.Each commuter is charged P5 while tricycles are charged P15 per transport. Residents put up huge nylon cable that serves as guide to operators in crossing from one side of the river to the other. Most of those who cross the river were students and workers from outlying villages. Sally Fariolan, a teacher, said the residents' ingenuity was a big help to daily commuters like her. It may be an added cost but still cheaper as compared to using another and longer route to her school. Agriculture officials said more than P70 million worth of products were damaged by the flash floods. The city has been placed under state of calamity so the local government can use its quick response fund.South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Fuentes said the repair of Namnama bridge could start early next year with fund support from the national government.

Indigents, IPs get housing units from MSSD

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao del Sur - Indigenous Peoples and Moro indigents are now enjoying living in the comforts of their own homes provided for them by...

Army neutralizes a BIFF, captures IEDs and firearm in MagSur clash

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao del Norte – Operating troops of the Joint Task Force Central were conducting military operations in Butilen, Datu...

Magkapatid na drug peddlers, huli sa anti-drug ops sa MagNorte, P3.4-M shabu nakumpiska

NAARESTO NG MGA TAUHAN NG PNP ang magkapatid na drug peddler sa ikinasang anti-drug operation sa Barangay Dalican, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del...

6ID naglunsad ng air at ground assaults vs DI/BIFF sa Maguindanao Sur

  NAGLUNSAD ANG ARMED Forces of the Philippines ng air at ground assaults laban sa hinihinalang kasapi ng BIFF at Military, naglunsad ng air...

Health workers in far island town gets stipends from BARMM

COTABATO CITY - Up to 72 barangay health workers (BHW) in the so remote Sapa-Sapa island town in Tawi-Tawi each got their overdue P12,000 cash...