SAN ISIDRO, Bohol June 16 (PIA)--What can a little over half a million do with a community envisioned multi-purpose building (MPB) where they can hold meetings and gatherings to further cement their community belongingness?
Seeing the amount, which forms the National Community Driven Development Program (NCDDP) grant implemented through the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (CIDSS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is barely enough to put up the entire dreamt structure, residents of Cambansag, in San Isidro town gathered to pool more funds to realise that dream building.
We had to agree what to do for the barangay, confesses Emma Naraga, Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC) chairman, during the sidelines when the Cambansag Multi-purpose Building sub-project broke ground June 16.
Some wanted a road concreting project, others suggested putting up of a barangay market, some even wanting a real day care center, Naraga, along with another woman shared.
The barangay day care center takes over Cambansag's old multi-purpose building, which has barely survived the 2013 earthquake, if only to get their kinds in one decent hall for their preschool classes.
Three barangay assemblies later, we all agreed on the MPB, but where to get the additional funding had us looking deep.
Then, with the project practically a community driven development program, it was not hard to find what we were looking, Naraga said.
From the barangay funds, we were able to get P211,285.53, which forms a sizable 30% of the NCDDP grant. But it still was not enough, so the barangay pledged some P10,093.38 worth of sawn lumber which would be used for building trusses and web members, purlins and kingposts.
Mayor Jacinto Naraga, who was keenly appreciative of the voluntary services of the residents as well as the crucial lead which the town got from their leaders, also put up municipal counterparts in kind, amounting to nearly P5,000.
The community, also pooled from their workers and the women organization nearly P20,000 in kind aid to complete the project, Engr Jed Bautista, project monitor added.
It is certainly a community identified, community part-funded and would be community implemented project, barangay chairman Clemente Baguinang also volunteered the information.
Carpenters from his barangays would all be helping to put up the building with government monitors.
During the ground breaking ceremony led by Mayor Jacinto Naraga, Vice Mayor Teodoxio Asoy, Chairman Baguinang, DSWD regional officers, local also insisted that the traditional blood shedding from a live chicken be done to appease the spirits of the area.
The ground breaking ceremony happened a day after the barangay received the delivery of materials which would be used in the construction. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)