SALINTUBIG and BuB are just two of the programs of the Department where the poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities are literally connected by the different projects, and empowered through the process of participative governance with projects identified by beneficiary communities. SALINTUBIG targets waterless municipalities where more than 50 percent of the poor households have no access to potable water supply, as well as resettlement/relocation sites, waterless lying-in or rural health units, and poorest communities.
Until recently, Tineg is one of the 27 municipalities of Abra which was isolated due to impassable road even with vehicles with tire chain. The municipal government prioritized the concreting of the road leading to the municipal hall with national government subsidy through the 2016 Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) providing the necessary funds to cement the remaining one-kilometer stretch of two-lane road to the municipal hall. Travel to poblacion is now faster.
Other projects were proposed by the local governments for funding through the Department. Among these are the provision of water systems in waterless barangays, mostly far-flung areas.
Project validation turned into physical challenge and challenge to ones commitment to public service. The Project Monitoring Team composed of LGOO V Johnny Mauting and Engr. Jovany Gatawa from the DILG-CAR Regional Office, and Cluster Head Jimmicio Daoaten from DILG Abra took five days to hike through rugged mountain terrain to inspect all five water systems starting from the farthest project in Barangay Anayan.
Hauling of materials such as pipes, tanks, and cement must be done by members of the community who are familiar with the terrain. Galvanized water tank was carried by four people in two days through the mountains. Materials for concrete tanks are simply too heavy to haul.
When DILG regional and provincial personnel visited the community to validate proposed projects in Tineg, residents were very skeptical about the projects pushing through. This is understandable since the only government facility seen by the validators were public schools, and the recently built municipal hall and police station. Because of this, hauling costs were undervalued in most projects resulting to necessary adjustments later on.