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Alimodian, Iloilo
Hugpong BUMMBADA (United Bulod, Ubodan, Mambawi, Manduyog, Ban-Ag and Bagumbayan District Association) is a cluster of six contiguous barangays who used to complete and fight each other resulting to brawls and sometimes death during fiestas and benefit dances. Moreover, they suffered from ineffective delivery of basic services. There was unstable peace and order conditions like cattle rustling and other crimes against persons, low income among farming households and lack of alternative sources of income. At the same time, the presence of women and youth in community development was hardly visible. To address these difficulties, the municipal government facilitated the process of clustering the six barangays through community organizing.
Sustained efforts to establish unity and cooperation resulted in the setting up of the BUMMBBADA Health Station located in one of the six barangays. Every member barangay contributes money for the upkeep of the health station. Access to safe and potable water also eliminated the incidence of water borne diseases through the construction of water systems per barangay. A landfill site was established in one of the six barangays. Ornamental plants lined with stones adorn the roadsides connecting all the six barangays. Each of them has also established daycare comers. Three public elementary schools are likewise shared by these barangays including two cottages to accommodate pupils during lunch breaks. Barangay Tanods in each of the barangays are organized into a district federation and in cooperation with the Alimodian Philippine National Police (PNP), established a Kabayan Center which serves as an outpost manned by two PNP officers and barangay tanods with communication link to all tanod outposts. This resulted in the elimination of cattle rustling and other crimes. There is now an active participation of people's organizations, women and youth in the delivery of health care services to the disabled, family planning and childcare. promoting livelihood projects and implementation of the clean and green. This program effectively decentralized problem solving and decision making from the LGU to the barangay cluster.
This program is recognized as a Trailblazing Program, a finalist for the 1999 Galing Pook Awards.
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