December 8, 2020. Abdulnassser Akmad, a community leader in Brgy. Kurintem, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao delivered today a touching wonderful message as he spoke during the turnover ceremony of concrete road in Brgy. Sifaran, DOS, Maguindanao- CAMP BADRE.
“This project is our life. You gave us not what we want but what we need” he stated.
In his speech, as their organization formally received the certificate of turnover for the project, Abdulnasser told that he did not reach high school education, but he was determined to speak in English in gratitude of the project given to them.
“We have to spend P100.00 per sack of corn to transport to the nearest market”, he told.
For a poor family in remote areas, that amount is big enough to add to their expenses plus the burden of difficult road to carry their local crops, to sustain their families.
He said that “before, because we are living in far community, we feel the isolation and being underserved, now with this project, we feel that we are near, that we belong”.
“We are deeply thankful. We will take care of this project as we take care of ourselves” Abdulnasser ended.
The Sifaran Story
Imagine the burden of selling your farm crop yield to the market wherein the income shall be needed to feed your family, but bringing your farm produce requires means of transportation that endures rough and tough road.
Imagine sick individuals who need immediate access to basic health services, but they are constrained because they are residing in a remote area, at least 10 kilometers from the nearest medical station.
Imagine a pregnant mother who will about to bear a child and bring new life to this world, but one will need to endure a long travel and challenging ride before she can avail a safe and better natal health care.
This is the life of people in Brgy. Sifaran, DOS, Maguindanao within the territory of CAMP BADRE- one of the acknowledged six major camps of the MILF.
Barangay Sifaran is an agricultural land. Means of transportation is only habal-bahal (single motorcycle). Farm products such as corn, rice, banana and coconut are being transported to the market by habal-habal which is almost 10 kilometers away from the farmlands.
The road condition really affects the daily lives of the community especially during rainy season. The road is unpassable and even habal-habal found it difficult to travel; delivery of farm produce had been delayed and damaged before it reaches the market. Incidents of motorcycle crashes have been increasing with one recorded death due to accident during the course of sub-project implementation the site. Since the only means of transportation is habal-habal, the travel fare is very expensive wherein most of the residents cannot afford. Instead, they opt to hike to go their destination, especially the students.
Today, December 8, 2020, the collective dream of this people is realized as the concrete road project was officially turned over to the community through the People’s Organization mobilized for the project.
The project is funded through the Mindanao Trust Fund – Reconstruction and Development Project Phase II (MTFRDP/2)- implemented in support to the Normalization Annex of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).
Through the road construction, the steep and challenging portions were cut, elevations were fixed, passing of commuters is already smooth. Even though it was not fully paved yet, there were no more recorded incidents in the area. Delivery of farm products is now faster compared to the previous condition, the freshness and the quality of the farm produce has been preserved that commands higher buying price, and improved household income.
Turnover Ceremony of the SEI project for MTFRDP/2 marks the official passing of the responsibility on operation, maintenance and sustainability of the project to the People’s Organization (PO) formed in the community/barangay. In this, the PO will officially receive a certificate of acceptance and turnover, which will symbolize the authenticity of this significant event, where various sectors, stakeholders and partners witness the activity. Implementing agency reminds the PO of the trainings provided to them and urge them to apply all those learning and skills towards the operation, maintenance and sustainability of the project.
During the turnover of the project in Sifaran- CAMP BADRE, various stakeholders and partners came and shared the celebration and success of the project- that signify the peace and development in the region.
- Task Force on Camps Transformation (Camp Badre)
- Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA-BARMM)
- Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR- BARMM)
- Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MIPA- BARMM)
- International Monitoring Team (IMT)
- Municipal Local Government Unit- DOS, Maguindanao
- Barangay Local Government Unit- Sifaran, DOS, Maguindanao
- People’s Organization
- Community Members
- Minrock Builders
- Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF)
- Political Committee (PolCom)
- Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA Inc.)
- Community and Family Services International (CFSI)