BORONGAN CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) -- A simple pathway that kept distant Brgy. Trinidad closer to the town proper of Oras in Eastern Samar brought inspiration to some rural folks.
The three kilometer pathway from the crossing of Naga to Sitio Maycorot, Brgy. Trinidad completes the 10-minute motorcycle ride to Maycorot from Brgy. Agsam, Oras town.
It is just called a pathway as it is narrower than a road, paved just for single motorcycles to pass to make their load lighter when transporting crops.
On Monday, January 27, the rural folks and their town officials inaugurated the newly-paved pathway.
According to Teresa Mulles, a resident of Maycorot, the path then, as it crosses ricefields, was too muddy during rainy days.
"Makuri, malagay ngin mauran, mabug-at an amon mga dara nga humay, copras, kay aman an motor napilit man la han lagay. (It is difficult to pass there when it rains, the path becomes muddy and motorcycles were only stranded in the area.)
So that with the help of the local government of Oras through Mayor Viviane Alvarez and the initiative of Punong Barangay Felix Sugalan, the barangay officials sought help from board members, town councilors of Oras and even the provincial government.
As to labor, the rural folks shared labor for days, snacks and lunch were provided by the local government for 12 months.
Help from the officials come in kind like cement, sand and gravel and other construction materials.
"We were inspired by the community's eagerness and participation to finish the project merely from local funds and the bayanihan of the barangay folks," said Alvarez.
The mayor added that the challenge was not easy, but with the unity and cooperation the people exhibited, the day came when they would enjoy walking in well paved pathway.
"For city folks, it is not a big deal as they are used to the best roads, but for the rural folks, the three-kilometer distance of concrete pathway is heaven," said town councilor Pacita Morales.
The 14th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt Col Charles V. Calucag who is a witness to the geographically isolated areas in Eastern Samar commended the rural folks and their leaders.
"Ayan, wala pa ngang EO 70 implementation pero nauna na kayo," he commented in jest.
As one chapter unfolded in this pathway saga, the same stakeholders are in for a more challenging seven-kilometer pathway that would lead to the barangay proper of Trinidad.
And they are prepared to make history to pave the bayanihan pathway this March, God willing, said Mayor Alvarez.
"The roads keep us closer to each other, these too heighten the trust and confidence of people in their local government," Alvarez said. (nbq/ PIA E. Samar)