The new farm-to-market road under the Barangay Development Program (BDP) in Pantukan town’s Barangay Napnapan is seen to spur tourism and business opportunities in the area, Davao de Oro’s governor said.
Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, who turned over the 1,580-length road project to the villagers, said BDP-funded projects in the province have “set a trajectory” for sustainable development in tourism.
“The former NPA-influenced barangay is now a forefront for more ecotourism spots and booming businesses in Davao de Oro.”
Uy said the former New People’s Army (NPA)-influenced barangay is now at the forefront for more ecotourism spots and booming businesses in the province.
“From coffee shops in the mountain ranges and lake-side to highland resorts and adventure parks are some of BDP’s positive impacts in Davao de Oro,” the governor said.
A hallmark program of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) with the end goal of bringing development to former conflict-prone communities, the BDP forms part of the government’s whole-of-nation approach to fighting the insurgency waged by communist rebels.
The program aims to eradicate the root causes of the insurgency, poverty, disease, lack of education and opportunities, and social injustice in far-flung communities across the country identified to have been influenced by the communist armed rebellion.
Davao de Oro ranks second after Davao City with the most number of BDP projects at 128.
Currently, Davao de Oro ranks second after Davao City with the most number of BDP projects at 128, received by 65 villages that used to experience insurgency-related armed conflicts.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recognized the province as the best implementer for BDP projects as evidenced by good governance for the benefit of far-flung communities.
Other completed FMRs in Davao de Oro are in Barangays San Miguel and Ngan in Compostela; Lebanon in Montevista; Golden Valley in Mabini; Kahayag in New Bataan; and Magangit, Sangab and Libay-libay in Maco.
The BDP is directed to initially rehabilitate and develop 822 barangays formerly established as guerilla fronts of the CPP-NPA-NDF in several parts of the countryside.
The Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
The Anti-Terrorism Council has formally designated the NDF as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and separate part” of the CPP-NPA created in April 1973.