Three hundred six (306) new development projects in conflict-affected barangays may now be implemented with the release of funds the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10.
DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said over P2 billion funds were recently downloaded to the respective local government units (LGUs) to finance 119 projects identified under the Local Government Support Fund - Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) for the provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental.
According to Agabe, of the 306 barangay projects, province of Bukidnon is expected to complete 160 projects in 71 barangays; Misamis Occidental has 22 projects in 11 barangays; and Misamis Oriental has 124 projects in 37 barangays.
Among the prospective projects under the LGSF-SBDP are infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads, water and sanitation systems, school buildings, project minimum standards for health stations, rural electrification, and housing. Non-infrastructure projects include agricultural, livelihood and technical-vocational training, as well as assistance to indigent individuals and families.
Agabe said the funds were released upon the completion of the documentary requirements by the beneficiary barangays. The documents were sent for assessment to the Project Technical Assessment Team (PTAT) composed of member-agencies such as the National Economic Development Authority, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
He explained further that the approved list was then forwarded to the DBM through the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF ELCAC) for endorsement.
The DILG 10 Regional Director explained that the Department will continue to provide technical assistance and monitoring during the implementation of the projects in all three provinces and work closely with the barangays to ensure progress and sustainability.