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BARANGAY Kalunasan, Cebu City has approved their P225-million five-year development plan, the bulk of which goes to infrastructure projects. The plan, which was presented before Kaluna-san residents, will guide barangay officials in implementing projects and drafting ordinances for the next five years.

The plan has a total budget of P225,379,000 covering five areas that include infrastructure (P210.7 million), human development (P6.2 million), development administration (P5.8 million), the economic sector (P1.6 million), and the environment sector (P812,000).

“Ang atong mission sa paghimo sa atong five-year development plan mao ang paghimo sa atong lugar isip usa ka modelong barangay sa syudad sa Sugbu, usa ka barangay nga hapsay ug malambuon (Our aim is to make our barangay a model barangay in Cebu City where there’s peace and development),” said Kalunasan Barangay Captain Nunilon Monares. Kalunusan joined 30 other barangays in the city who already have development plans.

When such plans address residents’ needs and are adequately supported, barangays can take some of the pressure off City Hall and deliver basic services. For infrastructure, Kalunasan’s top priorities are the implementation of a comprehensive drainage system, the rehabilitation of old roads and construction of new ones, the repair and reconstruction of day care centers and the construction of a new barangay hall. The proposed new barangay hall is estimated to cost P20 million and will be implemented by the second quarter of next year.

Other infrastructure projects of the barangay include the construction of a barangay wet market, the concreting and putting up of railings in pathways, the construction of a playground, the construction of a jeepney terminal and bridges, and the improvement of their water system.

For human development, the barangay wants to improve their health care system by providing medicines, medical and dental apparatus and equipment for their health center. “We want that there will be enough supply of medicines in our health center for our indigent constituents,” said Barangay Councilor Carlitos Ceniza, chairman of the committee on health.

The barangay also plans to conduct a regular feeding program for underweight children, sex education for children above 13 years old and develop their tourist spots, including a zoo. For development administration, included in the barangay’s plan is the improvement of peace and order by hiring ten more tanods. The barangay only has 20 tanods.

They also want to address the illegal drugs problem in their barangay and strengthen the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children. They also want to establish a computerized accounting system for the barangay’s operations and transactions.

For the economic sector, the barangay plans to venture into food processing, particularly in making dried mangoes and selling recyclables and compost. For the environment sector, the barangay wants to fully implement the segregation of garbage at home to comply with environmental laws, construct material recovery facilities and buy garbage trucks.

The five-year development plan of Kalunasan was approved yesterday during the barangay’s general assembly held at Kalunasan Sports Complex. The plan was drafted by the barangay officials in their two-day planning last month with the help of the Center for Participatory Governance.