Cateel is a second class municipality in the province of Davao Oriental, the easternmost part of mainland Mindanao. It lies at the very mouth of the Great Pacific Ocean in the East, the green Valleys of Compostela in the West, the rustic town of Boston in the North and the municipality of Baganga in the South. Cateel is the home of the Aliwagwag Falls, a towering waterfalls considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest in the country and regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines.
A huge chunk of the 2017 CMGP project of the Province of Davao Oriental runs through Cateel, and the residents of the municipality deeply appreciate the ease and comfort the road has afforded them especially in relation to their day-to-day livelihood activities.
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The following stories of the beneficiaries of CMGP, both citizens and LGUs, have been collected in partnership with DILG Regional Offices and the UNDP.
Algie Pedreso, 34, a construction worker, appreciated the completion of the cemented road since it provided his community convenience and comfort. He recalled that before, his community used to suffer from flood waters reaching knee level during the rainy season. Most of the local residents find it difficult to run their errands because of the muddy road. When dry season comes, they had to contend with the blasts of dust from the rough road which discouraged them to go out of their houses. Algie considered the rough road as an encumbrance when he brings his children to school. Today, with the completion of the cemented road, he emphasized with great relief that they no longer suffer from floods nor dust. In fact, he and his wife decided to buy a motorcycle for family transportation especially now that they can somehow afford to get one as his wife was able to find work abroad.
“Ok jud kaau kay sauna bahaan mi, taga tuhod. lisud sauna ang pagpagawas, lisud padulung sa eskwelahan. Bag-o paman ni akoang motor, naengganyo ra pd mi mangutang kay maayo na ang dalan ug timing pd naka abroad na akong asawa”.
A sari-sari store owner, Juvy Temporas, 28, extends her gratitude for the completion of the cemented road for it gave her family great convenience in transporting their farm products. She emphasized it with her lines:
“Maayu na nasemento kay dili na lisuray ang dalan. Sauna dili kaagi ang motor, lisuray mi makapagawas sa among kopra. Lisuray pud sauna ang hakot-hakot sa palay. Sa karun nga semento na, doble na among kita gikan sa 1500 sauna karun abot nag 3000".