How once the barangays inflicted by the insurgency came out of “hell”

“For sure, when we have good roads and the vehicles start to come and go in our barangay, the NPA will not come to disturb us any more,” said Mang Gaudencio.

Imelda Rosales, head of the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government’s (DILG) Regional Project Development and Management Unit in the region, said the Barangay Development Support Program (SBDP) is the one of the most recent programs of the National Task Force. – End the local communist armed conflict (NTF-ELCAC) which was filed through the DILG by virtue of the localization of Executive Decree No. 70. This, she said, aims to institutionalize the national approach to achieve inclusive and lasting peace. and lead the adoption of a national peace framework.

Cagayan is fortunate to have the first six barangays mentioned to receive financial support. They are now among the 822 barangays in the country identified by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as “barangays without insurgency”.

Today, 52 other barangays in the region are awaiting AFP’s declaration to be free from insurgency so that they also become beneficiaries of community projects worth 20 million pesos.

Now 73-year-old Mang Dencio will have the opportunity to watch his grandchildren live a much better life than his generation. The idea that subsequent generations would inherit the same hellish life he had lived was now a thing of the past. Fear has now tune in as he imagines his grandchildren enjoying a peaceful and better life. No more fear, no more poverty, no more nightmares. (MDCT / JCK / GVB / PIA Cagayan)

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