Roads opened to cut ‘terrorists’ return’

A road will be opened and another rehabilitated for easy mobility and economic well-being of the villagers in two far-flung areas which were Abu Sayyaf trails during the terrorists’ miserable try in Bohol a year ago.

Once completed, the separate projects are hoped to experiment what peace and development workers call the “roads of no terrorist return.”

The road to be opened leads to the river-traversed barangay of Napo in Inabanga where the Abu Sayyaf group made their entry to Bohol on April 11, 2017.

The road to be rehabilitated connects to the mountain barangay of Tan-awan in Tubigon where one of the straggling terrorists was captured by the vigilant and alert residents.

The Bohol invasion try of the terrorists from a far point of Mindanao was crushed to its last limb.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo Año and Gov. Edgar Chatto led the switch-on rite for the two projects in Inabanga on Wednesday .

The launching was one of the highlights of the first-year commemoration of Boholano resilience and heroism against terrorism.

Opening a road to Napo from barangay Datag is vital to the villagers whose access services will be enabled easily, faster.

The road is also useful to the transport of their farm products to the markets in the plain.

The provincial government under Chatto and LGU-Inabanga led by Mayor Josephine Socorro Jumamoy initiated the project in partnership with the 53rd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army.

For a long time, Napo has been isolated for the absence of an access road connecting to any existing roads.

The place can only easily be reached by boat through the Inabanga river or by foot pathways across the mountains.

With the aid of the DILG through the intercession of the secretary, the project is hoped to be completed in due time.

In Tubigon, the road rehabilitation will start from barangay Libertad to Tan-awan passing other uphill barrios.

The road is the nearest route to Tubigon from the towns of San Isidro, Sagbayan, Catigbian and other interior municipalities.

The road traverses other barangays and its major improvement will provide easy access to the town proper of Tubigon, which 24-hour busy port caters to ships from and back to Cebu.

Recalling the Boholanos’ brave and victorious defiance to terrorism, the Inabanga event exactly a year after the Abu Sayyaf incident included the signing of the “SAFE Bohol: Boholano Bayanihan” Covenant.

For a sustained peace and development vigilance that should further resonate with the sensitivity and consciousness of every Boholano, the SAFE means “Security Always For Boholanos.”

The SAFE further means, among all others, obedient children whose parents protect them from illegal drug, traffic law-abiding road users, reasonable pricing of consumer goods, and environmentally-compliant development stakeholders. (Ven rebo Arigo)

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