SULOP, DAVAO DEL SUR—Farmers and residents here are happy to have their flooding problem finally solved through the Department of Agrarian Reform’s funding assistance worth P1.7 million for the repair of the community’s drainage system.
The flood control project is under the DAR’s Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GBP) which aims to rehabilitate Barangay Poblacion’s 1,092 meters of drainage linings through grouted riprapping.
“Because Barangay Poblacion is a low-lying area, it is the catch basin of rainwater cascading from Mckinley,” said DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Juancho Calud.
“Flooding is a natural occurrence here during rainy season, but these past few years, the rains and typhoons has been especially strong and harsh. And with our damaged drainages, coping with the flood is doubly difficult,” added Calud.
Sulop Mayor Jimmy Sagarino who accepted the P1.7-million check, said that around 8,000 residents, 104 of which are agrarian reform beneficiaries of Barangay Poblacion, will benefit from the flood control project.
“Once the drainages are improved, flooding, especially along agrarian communities will be minimized, if not averted. It will also minimize damages caused by these floods on houses and infrastructures. Most of all, farmers and residents will no longer be as afraid every time there is a precipitation,” said Sagarino.
The Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) Process was adopted as a strategy in pursuing the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing poverty. The DAR is among the 13 participating government agencies in the implementation of the GPB.