Two newly-constructed barangay halls were turned over Saturday to officials of Barangays Malitub and Malihud, Bataraza, by the Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) and Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) through their Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).
Laurence Amores, the CBNC’s community relations officer, thanked the residents for their cooperation in the realization of the project.
“Hindi ito mangyayari kung wala ang magandang suporta at pakikiisa galing sa inyo, kaya nga ang tawag namin sa inyo ay hindi na beneficiary kundi ‘partner beneficiary,” Amores said.
Simbil Adjimin, a community organizer of Malitub told Palawan News that the construction of the facility in their village is a good development because they can now do transactions in their village.
“Dati may barangay hall sila pero pag iba na naman ang kapitan iba na naman, wala silang permanente na barangay hall. Kaya bumili ng lupa ang SDMP at noong 2018 ay nag-start ang construction para mabigyan na sila ng barangay hall,” Adjimin said.
Monessa Kasim, RTNMC community organizer in Malihud, on the other hand, said that with the huge population of the barangay, their old hall is no longer enough to accommodate them because it was small and not made of concrete.
“Malaki na ang population nito meron na silang 2,095 tapos naman sawali at tabla lang ang kanilang barangay hall kaya naging initiative ng SDMP 2019 na gawin ng concrete para mas matagal na nilang mapapakinabangan,” Kasim said.
The construction of barangay hall in Malitub costs P400,000 while the improvement in Malihud costs P113,325.14 from the SDMP.
CBNC also donated 14 sets of office table with chairs in Malihud.