COTABATO CITY — An alliance of municipalities in North Cotabato’s first district has intensified its “bayanihan” spirit and implemented infrastructure in underdeveloped villages.


The PALMA+PB, which stands for the initials letters of the towns of Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Libungan,Midsayap and Alamada plus Pikit and Banisilan, has pulled its resources and equipment to implement road development projects in 17 villages ofMidsayap.

Road rehabilitation is ongoing and expected to be completed before the year ends, according to Midsayap municipal planning development coordinator Hernane Gravina Jr.

He said the local government of Midsayap has allocated some P2 million for the ongoing project.

Known as KPIP or Kabalikat PALMA+PB Infrastructure Project, it has been moving from one municipality of the district to another for 10 years now doing repair works on roads, rehabilitation of bridges and constructing road concreting, farm-to-market roads, among others.

For this year alone, Midsayap is the 5th batch helping improve the farm-to-market roads in the remote communities.

Midsayap Councilor Albert Garduque, chair of the Sangguniang Bayan committee on infrastructure was very grateful for the support extended by chief executives of the PALMA+PB member-municipalities.

He also cited the active participation of chairpersons of 17 villages, mostly situated in the periphery ofMidsayap, North Cotabato 1st district’s most progressive town.

Development projects are being implemented in the villages of Kapinpilan, Malingao, Kadigasan, Damatulan, Mudseng, Tugal, Nabalawag, Kadingilan, Nes, and Sabulawan while the other barangays in the upper part of Midsayap that will also part of the KPIP are Malamote, Kimagango, Upper Bulanan, Upper Labas, Bual Norte, Ilbocean, and Patindiguen.

As a practice, heavy equipment and construction facilities of alliance-member towns would lend them toMidsayap during the duration of the implementation of KPIP program, said alliance Project Management Officer Orly Maraingan.

These include dump trucks, road roller, road grader, backhoe, bulldozer, self-loading and pay loader. (PNA)