Convergence program spurs “Bayanihan” spirit

It was a fine Monday morning when  Mang Ambo, 51, farmer and a resident of Sitio Tenefulan, of Brgy. Maligo in Polomolok woke up early.

He, together with his neighbors, young and old, are very excited. For the first time, the Provincial Convergence Team is set to construct a potable water system in their sitio  and they are part of it.

They are willing to become laborers and work for free as their counterparts in the project.

The Bayanihan still exists at their sitio which is a means they work together as a community to achieve a common goal.

“We are happy.” Mang Ambo said,

The team headed by Community Affairs Officer IV Maria Ana Uy reveals that as one of the primary needs of the barangays, based on their evaluation, the province is willing to provide.

The team readily brought materials such as different sizes of hoses, cement, and other essential needs for the project.

Based on the true essence of the convergence program, the local government unit of  Polomolok  contributed sand and gravel.

“Upon seeing that the materials from the Provincial Government have arrived, the community of the sitio are very excited to start constructing the water system. They are very much willing to do the “Bayanihan” (work for free) just to finish the project instantly. And to note that this is the first project that the convergence team has implemented.” – Uy said.

Pastor Merlyn Head sitio leader of the place express her gratitude to the provincial government and to the LGU Polomolok especially to Gov. Tamayo for the water project that was given to them.

“This potable water system is a blessing. We will not forget the convergence team for their gratefulness to us, this will lessen the burdens of the community we can now enjoy the pleasure of being near to the water system.” – He said.

Engr. Montaser Latip did the design of the water system and supervised the construction, while the rest of the convergence team helped the community in some other construction tasks.

The convergence team present are Community Affairs Officer IV Maria Ana Uy, Chris Pingkunn Fuentes, Engr. Montaser Latip, Alfredo Galino Jr., Romel Evangelio and Efren Francisco.

The Convergence Program for Poverty Reduction, an initiative of the Provincial Government of South Cotabato implemented under the administration of  Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr. aims to reduce poverty one sitio at a time.