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Three Kalahi-CIDSS MCC projects were turned-over to Apo Island

The Kapit Bisig- Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) Millennium Challenge Corporation recently handed over three sub-projects to Barangay Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental.

The sub-projects handed over last May 20, 2016 were the blue water tanks, generator and the covered court. The series of community sub-project inauguration and handing over started last May 11 to 25, 2016 this is in line with the closing of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) implementation cycle.

Newly elected Vice-governor of Negros Oriental, Dr. Mark Macias thanked Kalahi-CIDSS and as well as the residents of Barangay Apo Island for the successful implementation of the sub-projects. “Nagpasalamat ko ug dako kay tungod nga naa tay mga projects na gi implementar para ninyo mao ng mo ingon ko na congratulations” (I am thankful for the projects implemented here in your barangay, I am extending my congratulations to all of you for these sub-projects). Macias also challenged the residents to maintain the sub-projects funded by Kalahi-CIDSS-MCC, “ang akong challenge ninyo nga ayuhon pud ni ug galam, pasalamat ta sa gobyerno, pasalamat ta sa DSWD” (my challenge for all of you is to maintain these projects handed-over to you, lets thank the government and DSWD for giving us these projects that answers the needs of our barangay).

Meanwhile, Helen Ybañez, Regional Community Development Specialist of Kalahi-CIDSS, Negros Island Region congratulated the volunteers of the barangay for the efforts they have extended for the sub-project implementation “dili ni mahimo kung wala ang mga community volunteers nga maoy nangunay sa paghimo aning atong proyekto, I salute to all the community volunteers (these projects will not be successful if it is not because of our community volunteers who were there from the beginning of the implementation, I salute to all the community volunteers of Barangay Apo island).

Barangay Sub-Project Management Chairperson (BSPMC) Labordia Omilig shared her experience during span of the implementation. According to Omilig she was in the midst of surrendering because of the process that they need to comply, “sa hamtong pa nga pagka storya, naga hilak jud ko aning proyektoha, pero ni ingon ko nga dili jud ko mo surrender kay alang alang sa taga apo na naa nay covered court ug naa napud mga tangke para sa tubig” (to tell you honestly, I shed tears for these sub-projects but I told myself not to surrender for my barangay).

Barangay Apo Island has a population of 1,050 individuals, the barangay does not have water and electricity supply. Thus the community of barangay Apo Island is grateful to the Kalahi-CIDSS-MCC for the generator and 433 cubic meter blue water tanks. The generator is already supplying electricity to 204 households in the barangay. ###