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Kinam cleared of NPAs, Philippine Army-built road shortens travel from 12 hours to 30 minutes

MALAPATAN, Sarangani (April 23, 2021) – A Serbisyo Caravan vehicle of the provincial government journeys through the newly-opened road going to Barangay Kinam via Barangay Daan Suyan to deliver the needed services for the residents of Kinam on April 21. The road-opening project, which started in 2020, was the initiative of the partnership of the provincial government of Sarangani, local government of Malapatan, and the 52nd Engineer Brigade – 512th Engineer Construction Battalion, in response to the mandate of President Duterte thru Executive Order No. 70 “institutionalizing the whole-of-nation approach creating a national task force to end local communist armed conflict or ELCAC.” With the road-opening project, government services were able to reach the far-flung barangay of Kinam and brought an end to insurgency in the community. According to Tata Sinon, 33, a farmer from Sitio Masandig, before the road was opened, it would take farmers half-a-day of 23 river-crossing via horse-riding from Kinam to Daan Suyan, and another half-a-day from Daan Suyan to Lun Padidu in bringing their products of copra, corn, abaca, and upland rice to the market. He even lamented that back then, half of their products would be damaged and go to waste whenever the water level in the river is high. Sinon added the residents of the barangays have also been suffering in the early 90s to early 2000s due to armed conflict between the New People’s Army rebels and government troops. With the road now opened in the highlands, it would only take a 20 to 30-minute ride from Kinam to Daan Suyan via motorcycle or pick-up truck. Farm products would be delivered with ease and would be of high quality and price, delivery of basic social and economic services to the people is no longer hampered, and development has thrived as peace is now achieved in the community. (Martin Fernando Bernad Jr. – Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)

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