REGIONAL-NEWS

DILG-Antique: Two barangays to receive P40-M Local Gov’t Support Fund

November 6, 2020

Barangay Bulan-bulan in San Remigio town and Barangay Cabladan in Sibalom town will receive P40-million to boost financing of projects through the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) by the national government in Antique next year.

The two barangays recently revisited their Barangay Development Plans (BDPs) to include their proposed projects which will be funded by the national, provincial, and municipal government.

DILG-Antique Provincial Director Cherryl P. Tacda said revisiting the BDPs is essential for the programs and projects to be shovel-ready when the appropriate budget comes during the Opening Program of Revisiting the BDP of the two barangays.

Tacda added that this is in relation to the implementation of the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) under Executive Order No. 70. The review of the BDPs was held on October 14-15, 2020 at Villa Bartolo, San Remigio, Antique, and on October 20-21, 2020 at Parvana Inn, Sibalom, Antique.

“This is a convergence mechanism for local governments, particularly in the barangay level for the identification of issues and needed government interventions,” said DILG Antique’s End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) Focal Person Whel Frank Santias.

The program aims to generally improve the current outlook of the target barangays and to give them more knowledge on how to improve their current situation by building on what they have and find other means to create a peaceful community.

“There is a need to capacitate our Barangay Based Institutions (BBIs) for them to be functional and responsive to the needs of their constituents,” said DILG Antique Cluster Head Natalie Grace Azarraga during her discussion on the roles of BBIs. She also discussed the critical role of barangays in developing safe and resilient communities through planning and budgeting.

The barangay collaborated with the Municipal Development Council (MDC) in the creation of a more cohesive BDP through a workshop. Representatives from different national government agencies (NGAs) like DOLE, TESDA, DOST, DSWD, DAR, PIA, PNP, AFP, among others.

The NGAs provided their inputs in the revision of the target barangays’ development plans. Representatives from the provincial government such as IPHO, PSWDO, and POPs Office also provided their suggestions for the proposed projects.

The support to BDP funds is expected to be downloaded in the first quarter of 2021. Brgy. Bulan-bulan intends to use the RCSP funds for the construction of their farm to market road while Brgy. Cabladan plans to use the same assets for the construction of classrooms, roads, water systems, and electrification projects.

The local government units of San Remigio and Sibalom, thru their municipal mayors and MPDCs, expressed their gratitude for the LGSF which will greatly contribute to the development of their communities.