Baguio City (March 8, 2021)— Seventeen villages in North and Central Luzon already freed from NPA control and influence are getting P20 million each as aid for their barangay development programs.
The Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) said the 20M government aid will be rolled out in the form of community development projects, such as: farm to market roads; classrooms; electrification projects; communal irrigation projects; health centers; water systems, among others.
These apart from programs and projects that were already programmed by other government agencies to these barangays.
Of the 17 barangays, 6 are in Cagayan; 6 in Abra; 2 in Ilocos Sur; one in Kalinga; one in Mountain Province; and another in Bulacan.
Lieutenant General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, Nolcom commander explained, ‘the government is making true to its promise of addressing the issues exploited by the communist terrorist group by providing support to these communities for them to uplift their living conditions.’
He lauded barangay officials and the residents of these barangays for their support to the call of the government to end the local armed conflict. “Indeed, they deserve the aid for their steadfast commitment and dedication to ending the local communist armed conflict.”
Burgos encouraged the recipient barangays to ‘sustain their efforts and continue to support the government’s peace initiatives to prevent the resurgence of NPA in their communities’, as he encouraged other barangays to ‘replicate the efforts of the 17 barangays to pave the way for development in their communities’.
Artemio A. Dumlao