Monday, January 27, 2014

Albay LGUs, DSWD ink Php 209-M pact for infra projects
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 25 (PNA) -- The Provincial Government of Albay, six of its municipalities and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have entered into a memorandum of agreement for the funding of the local government units' various infrastructure projects totaling P209 million.

Board Member Herbert Borja, representing Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia and the municipal mayors of the identified six LGUs formalized the agreement with the signing of the MOA on Friday at the Hotel St. Ellis in Legazpi City.

The six municipal chief executives present were Jorem Arcangel of Jovellar; Cherilie Sampal, Polangui; Gregorio Ricarte, Oas; Henry Callope, Pio Duran; Anne Gemma Ongjoco, Guinobatan; and Cesar Daep, Manito.

The P209-million projects, funded under the DSWD’S Community-Driven Development (CDD) program, are set to be implemented in the six municipalities starting January this year and expected to be completed in July.

CDD aims to bring about more equitable access to quality basic services, reduce poverty, achieve inclusive growth and improve human conditions in the poorest areas of the country.

Albay is one of the three pilot provinces chosen for CDD projects along with Leyte and Compostela Valley.

Earlier, Salceda released the province’s cash counterpart of P75 million in addition to the P100-million funding provided by the Asian Development Bank through the DSWD.

The balance of P36 million is the counterpart of the six LGUs.

The six municipalities have already submitted their respective projects for funding allocations, which are mostly construction and rehabilitation or improvement of farm-to-market roads.

They were chosen on the basis of their location, poverty incidence, good housekeeping, active linkages and logistical readiness.(PNA) FPV/FGS/CBD/pjn