By Rey Anthony Chiu, PIA-Bohol | 12:09 AM April 05, 2021
Bohol has proposed some P524, 915, 000 worth of programs, activities and projects that would contribute to perpetually ending local community empowerment strengthened enough to drive local communist resurgence in their areas.
In Bohol, local authorities have identified 19 target barangays in Antequera, Calape, Clarin, Inabanga, Maribojoc and Sagbayan, based on the report shared during the recent Regional Peace and Order Council, meeting online last week.
For Antequera, the two target barangays have proposed 7 programs, projecst and activities, for a sum of P40 million funds.
For Calape, its one target barangay had its leaders and constituents identifying 5 proposed projects for P20 million, while Clarin which has three target barangays had picked 6 proposed projects for a total funding requirement reaching P60 million.
Inabanga, which has the most number of target barangays at 9, have identified a total of 60 projects and programs for a total funding requirement of P324, 915, 000.00.
On the other hand, Maribojoc has one target barangay and its residents along with local municipal ELCAC team have picked 2 proposed projects at P60 million.
Finally, Sagbayan which has three target barangays have proposed 10 projects for funding at a total of P60 million.
As to the funds, with the whole of nation approach as imbedded in Executive Order No. 70, these list of priority programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) are proposed for funding by the National Task Force – ELCAC and sent through the Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security, Secretary Michael Lloyd L. Dino.
These would be for funding, support, and or inclusion in the FY 2022 Budget, explained Bohol Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Jerome Gonzales.
Also pooling in their funds are national government agencies like the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways.
National Irrigation Administration, Department of Energy, Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Agriculture, Department of Environment and Natural Resources as well as the Department of Agrarian Reform.
Office of the Civil Defense, National Youth Commission, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, National Housing Authority, Department of Tourism, Philippine Coconut Authority, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources as well as the Department of Budget and Management-Local Government Support Fund.
Other than these national government agencies, local government units also put in their counterpart development funds and the Support to Barangay Development Program as provided under Special Provision No. 4 of LGSF-SBDP.
As per cited Special Provision, the 2021 General Appropriations Act, or RA No. 11518, has appropriated an amount of 16.44 Billion for the 822 barangays, or 20 million for each barangay.
These shall be exclusively used for the implementation of programs.
The fund, shall be directly released to the implementing LGUs, which as stated in the Local Budget Circular 135-A amendment of LBC No. 135, is the Provincial or City Government, where the barangays are situated, the DILG explained. (rahchiu/PIA-7/Bohol)