RESIDENTS of Barangay Subayon in Toledo City always feel they have been isolated from the rest of the world as they struggle daily to reach the market, school, hospital, job centers and other public facilities and services due to dilapidated roads.
Transportation is always a challenge because habal-habal drivers in the area would most of the time refuse to take passengers to and from Subayon, which remained one of the poorest villages of Toledo City.
“Sakit gyud pamation kung balibaran mi sa habal-habal kay dili sila muhatod sa Subayon kay guba ang kalsada. Karon, malipay ta kay dili na sila mubalibad muhatod og pasahero. Ang among mga bata, malipayon na pud nga maglakaw sa kalsada padung sa eskwelahan kay nindot naman ang agi-anan,” said Subayon Barangay Captain Florante Lariba.
With the recent turnover of Carmen Copper Corp. of a road concreting project to Barangay Subayon, the transportation problem of the residents have become a thing of the past.
The P2.1 million project covered a total of 335 linear meters that prioritized critical areas.
“If not for Carmen Copper, construction of this road is impossible since the barangay’s annual Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) is less than a million pesos. That is why we are very grateful to private institutions like Carmen Copper for pouring development projects in our barangay. This project will benefit the residents of Subayon and the generations to come,” the barangay chief said.
The road project will improve rural access to Subayon and is seen to boost the economic potential of the barangay that is rich in agricultural lands, but due to lack of facilities and capital, many landowners have left it unproductive for years. The new generation also chose to find a living in the city as laborers.
In his message, Joemar Pritos, Carmen Copper Community Relations superintendent, assured the project recipients that the company will continue to be their partner in social development.
“With our daily operations, we will continue to give back to you your share in the success of our enterprise with projects like these and other livelihood assistance that will empower you to be self-reliant individuals and successful partners for sustained growth and development in your communities,” he said.