Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday released P6,850,000 to fund barangay projects in four cities and seven towns of Negros Occidental, including livelihood projects of indigenous people.
Marañon Jr. said he turned over a P100,000 check to the indigenous people of Isabela town and the cities of Silay and Cadiz to boost production of their traditional crafts.
The indigenous people, in turn gave him a hand crafted hat and necklace.
Marañon said of the P100,000 he gave yesterday, P40,000 will go to the “Ati tribe” of Sitio Marikudo in Brgy. Camangcamang, Isabela; P30,000 to the “Ata tribe” of Sitio Manara, Brgy. Celestino Villacin, Cadiz City; and P30,000 to the “bukidnons” of Sitio Sibato, Brgy. Guimbala-on, Silay City.
They make herbal medicine, including colorful habak bracelets to drive evil spirits away, brooms, hats, bags and wallets from indigenous materials, and gather wild honey, Suela Cañete and Isidro Pauden Sr. said.
Meanwhile, Marañon said he also released P2,000,000 to Brgy. Buenavista, Escalante City for the concrete paving of roads from Brgy. Buenavista Proper to Bonista Beach Resort; and P550,000 to Brgy. Washington, also of Escalante City for the rehabilitation of the pipes of its water system;
Brgy. Minapasuk, Calatrava was given P10,000 for sports and cultural activities of Sitio Passing Track; Brgy. Zone III, Cadiz City - P1,000,000 for the purchase of land; Brgy. Vito, Sagay City - P20,000 for their annual barangay day celebration and general assembly; and Brgy. Baliwagan, San Enrique - P300,000 for the construction of a new barangay health center, he added.
The governor also said that for Pulupandan, Barangay Crossing received 120,000 for the renovation of its barangay health center and the purchase of a computer, office table and chairs; Brgy. Culo - P120,000 for the improvement of their barangay hall and cultural stage, and acquisition of a computer;
Brgy. Mabini -- P120,000 for the construction of benches and a basketball court, repair of a perimeter fence, and rehabilitation of a cultural stage; Brgy. Pag-ayon - P120,000 for the improvement of a cultural stage, repair of a basketball court pavement, and drilling of an artesian well;
Brgy. Palaka Norte - P 120,000 for the improvement of its barangay hall and basketball court pavement, and purchase of furniture and fixtures; Brgy. Palaka Sur - P120,000 for the construction of its barangay hall, perimeter fence of the basketball court, and purchase of a computer; Brgy. Patic - P 120,000 for the construction of foot walk, waiting shed and drilling of an artesian well;
Brgy. Tapong - P120,000 for the improvement of its barangay hall and cultural stage, and installation of streetlights; Brgy. Ubay - P420,000 for the construction of a perimeter fence and installation of streetlights; and Brgy. Utod -- P120,000 for the improvement of its barangay hall and construction of a welcome arc as well as repair of the perimeter fence of a basketball court.
Moises Padilla also received P500,000 for the construction of a day care center at Brgy. Inolingan; Hinoba-an got P325,000 for a feed processing project and animal concentrate project; Ilog - P500,000 for the construction of a day care center in Brgy. Manalad; and P5,000 for the annual fiesta celebration of the Brgy. Cabadiangan, Sipalay City, the governor said.
Marañon told the recipients to implement their projects efficiently so they can avail of more projects from the provincial government in the future.*CPG