By Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY , Feb. 27 (PIA) — Several infrastructure projects under the Sorsogon Peace Initiatives (SPI) to bring peace and development program in the countryside were inaugurated last Friday, February 24, here in two separate venues in the province of Sorsogon.
Undertaken under the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PaMaNa) , a convergence initiatives of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) the project was undertaken under the funding complementation of government and non-governmental organization through the Agencia de Espanola Cooperacion National para del Desarollo (AECID) under the core program of government , Strengthening Local Government in the Philippines (SLGP).
In Gubat, the projects were the construction of the 1.5 km Sta Ana Access Road to Barangay Beriran to Carriedo; rehabilitation and expansion of the 1.5 km Sitio Puro Communal Irrigation System; and the repair of the Sta Ana Elementary School Building and the widening of the 1.5 km Apgo Barangay Road with a total cost of P4 million.
Meanwhile, the projects in Barcelona town, also amounting to P4 million, included the Community-based Training for the Youth in Masonry and Engine Trouble Shooting; Support to the Banana Production Sustainable Agriculture -Based Enterprise Program of the local government unit; Capacity Building Program with Catalystic Project for Fisherfolk Groups; Construction of the Operation and Construction of the Coordinating Center Peace Alliance of the Barcelona Development Cooperative (BADECO) and Rehabilitation of the Layog-Penaric Communal Irrigation System.
OPAPP ASec. Howard B. Cafugauan , Representative Deogracias B. Ramos of Sorsogon second congresswional district , Norberto Gomez de Liano of AECID, and Director Maria Eileen Jose of OPAPP led the inaguration and turn-over ceremony of these projects.
The SPI aims to empower local communities through enhancing their participation in local governance, and involving different agencies and the local communities in the preparation and implementation of peace and development projects in the local communities as a way to bring development and achieve lasting peace. (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)