Amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) threat, the Philippine Army continues to facilitate the opening of roads in far-flung barangays in Zamboanga Del Sur.
The Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Arm Conflict headed by Gov. Victor Yu in partnership with the Philippine Army’s’ 53rd Infantry “MATAPAT” Battalion (53IB) and 57th Engineering “AGILA” Battalion (57EBn) has been conducting an P87.5-million road improvement initiative for the benefit of communities in remote barangays of Zamboanga Del Sur.
“These road improvement projects in the most remote barangays in Zamboanga Del Sur can create a significant impact on peace and development. The people in communities here have been having a hard time since they are far from poblacions. The new roads will provide easy access such as health, education, livelihood, and other basic services. #ServantSoldier #MatapatSaPaglingkod,” 53IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said.
“While the NPA even uses this road, they throw issues on the government of neglecting these far-flung areas. But the opening of these new roads shows that the government is working to provide for the needs of citizens in these remote areas. These improvements will definitely limit the threat of NPA because it will hasten access to government services,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.
“The partnership of the local government units with the Philippine Army will bring progressive development to remote areas in the province that will benefit the people living in these far-flung barangays. This will also address the insurgency threats in the area,” 57Ebn Commanding Officer Col. Emerito Pineda said.
“Our dream of having an improved and concrete road has finally come true. This road will provide easy access from remote areas more than 7 kilometers away from the main road. Our residents are very thankful because this is the very first time that we will have an improved road to transport our agricultural products,” Guipos town mayor Vicente Cajeta said.