March 27, 2023

Laborers from Barangay Haliap, Asipulo, Ifugao came together and completed 870 meters of the programmed 770 meters construction of Panacligan-Dummungaw sledge trail.
Using the community-driven development approach of the program, the community identified the construction of the sledge trail – a trail that can fit motorcycles to pass through the mountains, to facilitate the transport of their farm produce to the market.
Participation of women laborers was highly encouraged, resulting in 92 women joining the 51 men laborers and were able to complete the construction in 10 days, which would usually take up to 20 days.
Being the direct beneficiaries of the program, the community rendered a one day free labor amounting to P54,350, with one representative from each household.
From an existing footpath, the laborers manually excavated the soil and loose rocks for widening. This way, they will be able to avoid spoilage of their farm produce from the manual hauling and it will also facilitate the provision of social services and disaster response to the residents.
“Dakkel nga tulong daytoy kenyami ta nalaka min ngaibiyahe dagiti lako mi,” said Jerry Puno, one of the community laborers.
“They rendered their best para matapos ng mas mabilis ang project and I’m really happy kasi makikita mo sa kanila na hindi ‘yung sahod ang interes nila kundi ang purpose ng project. Sa kanilang pagtutulungan, higit pa sa naka-program ang tinapos nila,” said Rhonalyn B. Lacumba, community empowerment facilitator assigned in Barangay Haliap.
The project was implemented under the Department of Social Welfare and Development Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Kapangyarihan at Kaunlaran sa Barangay Cash for Work Program.
The program is a cash support in exchange for the agreed community work rendered. It aims to provide a short-term intervention through temporary employment for no income or low income families.
A total of 44 municipalities are currently implementing the program in Cordillera. – Eden Faith S. Fataner