A total of 822 barangays nationwide cleared from the influence of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples Army-National Democratic Fund will be receiving a development assistance of P20 million each under the Barangay Development Program (BDP).
Of the 822 barangays, some 215 are located in the Davao Region. Davao City has 82 barangay beneficiaries followed by Davao de Oro with 65 barangays, 32 barangays in Davao Oriental, 23 in Davao del Norte, and eight barangays in Davao del Sur.
The funds can be used by the barangays for their projects, specifically for building roads, schools, health centers, water and sanitation and projects under the national greening program.
A budget of P16.84 billion has been allocated for implementation this year under the BDP of the National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC).
According to National Security Adviser Sec. Hermogenes Esperon Jr., concurrent vice-chair of NTF-ELAC, the BDP was approved by President Rodrigo Duterte in January of last year when it was presented to him. It follows the President’s emphasis in providing government intervention and development projects to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas or GIDAs.
These GIDAs, due to their remoteness, have been vulnerable to insurgent influence.
“We intend to curb this recruitment through holistic development projects that bridge the need of the communities and accessibility,” Esperon said.
“In its entirety, the BDP intends to eradicate the root causes of insurgency – poverty, disease, lack of education and opportunities and finally social injustice,” he added. SOVEREIGNPH