(YEARENDER) Zamboanga Sibugay focuses on poverty alleviation in 2016

The provincial government has focused on the implementation of poverty alleviation projects in this province's 16 municipalities for the year 2016.

Governor Wilter Palma told the Philippines News Agency that this included the PhP87.6-million concreting of the 7.8-kilometer portion of the provincial road in the nearby municipality of Alicia.

Palma said the road concreting project is the first to be implemented under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte through the program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) dubbed as Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan ang Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA).

The road concreting project traverses three of the 27 barangays in Alicia town namely Concepcion, Kawayan and Lutiman.

The project would boost the economic livelihood of the residents, especially farmers, not only of the three beneficiary-barangays but to include that of the nearby areas.

"What we are seeing now is a result of unity among leaders and people of the province," Palma said, crediting the strong support of the legislative body headed by Vice Governor Eldwin Alibutdan.

The provincial government has allocated PhP6.250 million for agricultural support program to boost the rice production in eight of the 16 towns of this province.

A total of 154 farmers, who are into organic rice farming, benefited from the program of the provincial government.

Palma said the agricultural support program also benefited 79 farmers engaged in corn farming.

He said PhP2 million had been appropriated for the provincial government's vegetable dispersal program.

The program benefited 37,000 families, including farmers and families into backyard gardening, in the 16 municipalities of this province.

The beneficiaries also included four associations of seaweeds farmers in the towns of Mabuhay, Olutanga, and Talusan.

The governor said that level II water system projects have been completed providing safe and clean potable water to the residents of 18 barangays in Olutanga municipality.

Five footbridges were built in Barangays Solar and Looc Sapi, Olutanga; Laih, Siay; and, Tupokan and Sta. Maria, Alicia.

Some PhP466 million was allocated for the construction of covered courts in 233 of the 389 barangays in this province.

Of the total, 133 were built in the first district through the initiative of Congressman Wilter Palma II, and the remaining 100 covered courts in the second district.

"This is a revolution of unity. Solidarity is the foundation of development," Alibutdan said, citing the big changes undertaken by the Palma's administration.

Zamboanga Sibugay is a 15-year-old province, which comprises 16 municipalities with two congressional districts and 389 barangays. It has a population of 633,129 as of the 2015 census.

Source: Philippines News Agency