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NCIP-Bicol and Joint Task Force Bicolandia, Inaugurates First Ever Infrastructure Project Under RTF-ELCAC

 

 

CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-A Multi-Purpose Building intended for the use of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) Community in Napolidan, Lupi, Camarines Sur was inaugurated Wednesday, February 12.

 

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-Bicol and Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) led the Blessing and Turn-Over Ceremony of Napolidan-San Ramon Multi-Purpose Building at 8 o'clock in the morning which was attended by the IP from Kabihug and Agta tribes.

 

In September last year, NCIP-Bicol and JTFB signed a memorandum of partnership agreement (MOPA), followed by the groundbreaking ceremony of the project a month later.

 

The said building has two partitions, a hall and comfort rooms. The hall can be utilized for the activities of the IP and can also serve as evacuation center should there be calamities.

 

Josephine Columbino, Chieftain of Kabihug tribe expressed her gratitude to the 565th Engineering Construction Battalion (ECB), the NCIP, the local government unit (LGU) Lupi and other partners who made the project a reality, "Nagpapasalamat talaga akong maray ta dakulang katabangan an ginibo samuya kan Engineering Battalion sa building na ini. Akala ko ngani nangingiturugan lang ako iyan palan pagmata ko totoo na palan."

 

[I am really grateful for the help extended to us by the Engineering Battalion for this building. I thought I was only dreaming but I woke up and realized that it is real.]

 

The IP community admired the dedication of the army engineers who worked even on rainy days and was able to finish the project within 65 days, almost a month earlier than the alloted 3-month duration.

 

Mayor Lilian Matamorosa on the other hand personally thanked the military for the the assistance and encouraged the public to support its campaigns especially in ending the insurgency.

 

"May iba akong nakakausap na may takot sa Philippine Army. Gusto kong iparating sa inyong lahat na hindi tayo dapat matakot kasi sila ang ating mga katulong, sila ang mga taong pwede nating lapitan lalo na sa panahon na tayo ay nangangailangan ng tulong," Mayor Matamorosa reiterated.

 

[There are those of us who are afraid of the Philippine Army. I want to let everybody know that we should not be afraid of them because they are our partners, they are the people to whom we can turn especially in our time of need.]

 

She called the soldiers "messengers" of the national government who carry information about the numerous plans, programs and projects of the government for the people.

 

"Alagaan [nila] itong building na ito kasi para sa kanila ito and then kung halimbawa masira ito kung halimbawa may dumaang calamity, willing kami na balikan uli ito at irepair," LTC Domingo Mestiola, Jr., Battalion Commander of ECB said.

 

[They should maintain this building because this is for them and if in case it incurs damage during calamities, we are willing to come back and repair it.]

 

NCIP-Bicol Regional Dir. Lee Arroyo thanked the Philippine Army for partnering with them and offering free manpower.

 

"Ako po proud na pigshi-share saindo na ini po an saro sa pinakaenot [sa Bicol] na proyekto kung saen dedikado talaga under the partnership kan mga ahensya na nagtarabangan," Dir. Arroyo underscored.

 

[I am proud to share with you that in Bicol, this is the very first project exemplifying dedicated cooperation through the partnership of the different agencies.]

 

Furthermore, BGEN PEALE JON BONDOC, Assistant Division Commander of 9th Infantry (Spear) Division thanked the NCIP-Bicol for the opportunity to help the IP community with the assurance that it will continue to partner with other government agencies in bringing efficient services to the public.

 

"Ang inyo pong 9ID na kumakatawan po sa ating Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, nandyan po kami para isulong ang kapayapaan, isulong ang kaginhawahan, isulong ang kasaganahan dito po sa ating mga pamayanan. Hindi po natin makakamit yan kung meron po tayong palaging rebelyon, kung meron po tayong laging sama ng loob sa isa't isa. Ito pong proyekto na ito ay isang patunay na pag nagsama-sama tayo, kaya natin... kaya nating magkaroon ng payapang komunidad," BGen. Bondoc added.

 

[Your 9ID that represents the Armed Forces of the Philippines is always here to promote peace, to promote prosperity, to promote development here in our communities. We will not be able to attain these if there is frequent rebellion, if we always harbor ill will against each other. This project is proof that if we work hand in hand, we can have a peaceful community.]

 

The construction of the Multi-Purpose Building amounted to Php 1 Million. Witnessing the inauguration were former Cong. Rolando Andaya, Jr., Board Member Trixie Makiling, other Barangay officials.