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Piagapo village chiefs thankful for livelihood support projects

PIAGAPO, Lanao del Sur (PIA)–Punong barangays of four remote villages here are thankful to the Community and Family Services International (CFSI) for continuously assisting their communities to recover from the impacts of armed conflict and pandemic.

The CFSI handed over on Thursday, Sept. 22, community infrastructure projects to Barangays Basak, Bansayan, Kalungunan, and Tapucan to support the livelihood activities of its residents.

Bansayan village – Officials of Barangay Bansayan in Piagapo town led by its Punong Barangay Bolkia Umpar receive the certificate of award for the completed 199 linear meters tire path that will facilitate the easy transport of their farm outputs. (Jason Casas/PIA-10 Lanao del Sur)

The community-based support to livelihood (CBSL) projects included a multi-purpose center for Barangay Basak and tire paths for Barangays Bansayan, Kalungunan, and Tapucan.

Bansayan Punong Barangay Bolkia Umpar conveyed his thanks to CFSI for the construction of the 199 linear meters tire path that will help in the easy and convenient transport of their farm outputs to markets. “Sanggibo salamat (a thousand thanks),” he said.

Salahoden AbdulJabar of Kalungunan also expressed his gratitude to CFSI for the 245 linear meters tire path constructed in his village. He said the project benefits Kalungunan residents as it will help get their products to market faster and going to schools will not be difficult for children.

Basak Barangay Chairman – Punong Barangay Corais Manarondong of Basak in Piagapo thank conveys his gratitude to the CFSI and municipal government of Piagapo for including his barangay as one of the top priorities for interventions. (Jason Casas/PIA-10 Lanao del Sur)

Tapucan Punong Barangay Mansawi Guiling is not only thankful to CFSI for the newly-built, 243 linear meters tire path in his village but also grateful to the municipal government of Piagapo for endorsing Tapucan as a top priority for community interventions.

Guiling committed that the barangay will do its best to maintain and even extend the tire path.

On the part of the municipal government, Mayor Ali Sumandar said he appreciated the efforts of CFSI in pouring aid to his town. “We are very much happy na may mga NGO na ganito na tumutulong sa mga less fortunate na municipality,” he said.

[We are very much happy that there are NGOs like this that are helping less fortunate municipalities.]

Sumandar also urged his benefitting constituents to take good care of the projects citing the intervention of CFSI as a big opportunity for them to enhance the quality of their lives.

“Hindi lahat ng munisipyo ay binibigyan ng ganitong tulong that is why dapat alagaan nila kung ano man ang naibigay na tulong sa kanila kasi napakalaking opportunity ito dahil Piagapo is a fourth-class municipality, so hindi namin kayang gampanan lahat ng kanilang pangangailangan,” he said.

[Not all municipalities are given this kind of support which is why they should take care of whatever help they received because this is a huge opportunity as Piagapo is a fourth-class municipality so we cannot fulfill all their needs.]

The CBSL projects were implemented under the Marawi COVID Recovery Project (MCRP) which aims to promote the protection, psychosocial, and economic recovery of at least 4,000 families or 20,000 individuals from the impact of armed conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic.

MCRP is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (APB/PIA-10/Lanao del Sur)

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