KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Aug 3 (PIA) - Government services for the residents of hard-to-reach Sitio Blit in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu continue.
Among the latest is the development of more than 50 hectares of coconut farms courtesy of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).
Engr. Nereo Garcia, PCA-South Cotabato division chief, announced during the launching of Project IPEACE and Project TALA at Sitio Blit on Thursday that about 50 hectares in Sitio Blit, one of the remotest inhabited places in South Cotabato will soon be planted to coconuts.
"About 7,000 to 8,000 coconut seedlings have been assigned for Sitio Blit," Engr. Garcia said.
Garcia said at least 12,000 seednuts may be added to the initial number designated to Sitio Blit before the yearend because of sitio leader Dodec Dudim's persistence for more areas to be included in the coconut farms development.
He explained that seedlings from PCA will provide for Sitio Blit are about one-foot tall and will be delivered to the community to be cared for by the organization of local farners in a nursery until they are ready for dispersal and planting.
Also during the event, Lake Sebu Mayor Floro Gandam promised the use of the municipal government dump truck to fetch the coco seednuts from PCA seed garden in Aroman in Carmen, Cotabato Province and deliver the same to Sitio Blit.
Four other sitios in Barangay Ned have also sent request for coco seednuts from PCA, Garcia added.
Dolec Dudim, sitio leader, told Philippine Information Agency that he and the entire Sitio Blit are grateful that government services have finally reached them.
"Pasalamat lang gid ang mahambal ko. Kag kami man, ang amon kooperasyon kay amo man lang amon mahimo. Grabe ang pasalamat namon kay tanan nga serbisyo halin sa mga gulay paadto na sa semilya sa lubi kamo na mismo maghatud diri sa amon sitio," Dudim said in response to the assistance from PCA and other national government agencies.
(I can only say thank you. And from us, cooperation because this is the only thing we can do. We are extremely grateful that you have brought to our sitio all services, from vegetables to coconut seedlings).
Dudim said he will meet with his constituency to decide on the distribution of the seednuts to interested farmers. He added that he has already met with several neighbors who have expressed intension to plant coconuts that led him
To his fellow villagers he said, these services prove that the government is concerned with their welfare.
Among the most recent of these are rehabilitation of the road leading to Blit; trainings on mushroom growing, raising organic hogs and chickens, photovoltaic training and installation.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XII has profiled the community for possible livelihood aid.
Blit has also been designated as a convergence area of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato for delivery of comprehensive services. (DED-PIA-XII)