By Rey Anthony Chiu | 07:15 PM October 04, 2022
More or less some P176 million project funds for identified barangay development projects are directly entering Bohol through the implementing local government units, hinted Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Twenty nine farm to market roads, six water sanitation system projects, five rural electrification projects, two health stations and two school buildings form part of the ff projects which the government’s Support to Barangay Development Projects (SBDP) in Bohol are awaiting for their fund downloads.
The DILG, through Provincial Director Jerome Gonzales bared this during the last Provincial Peace and Order Council last month at the Bohol Provincial Police Office’s Multi Purpose Hall.
Of this, 39 barangays in the province’s 14 towns would benefit from the government development fund infusion to former areas caught in conflict and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas which have been the harboring areas of the lawless elements and communist terrorists.
In Bohol, the SBDP project areas with projects approved for 2022 funding include Canlaas and Quinapon-an in Antequera, Hanopol Norte in Balilihan, Aloja, Cabacnitan, Jalud, Rizal, Bonifacio, abd Bugang Norte in Batuan as well as Bugang Sur, Cambigsi, and Cansumbol in Bilar.
Also with approved funding of about P4 million each are Camias of Calape, Montehermoso of Carmen, Kang-Iras, Liboron and Maitum of Catigbian, Caboy, Caluasan and Villaflor of Clarin, Bahan, Banahao, Cambitoon, Dagnawan, Lomboy, Maria Rosario, Riverside, San Jose, Sua and Bahan of Inabanga.
Other barangays with approved SBDP funding include Candavid, while Katipunan, Langtad and Mantolongon, San Roque and Ubojan of Sagbayan have also approved projects.
San Vicente, Trinidad, Lomangog and Maubo of Ubay as well as Omjon of Valencia are also having projects approved for the government funding for peace and internal security.
The projects were earlier identified by the barangays through their respective Dagyawan people’s consultative assemblies, which the DILG facilitated, based on their identified barangay development plans.
The DILG then endorsed these identified projects to the National Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), which approves it for national government funding.
While these projects were identified for funding, the DILG assists LGUs in the compliance of the documentary requirements, lending their focal persons to subject LGUs and barangays to help in the preparation of the technical documents for the funding approval, explains PD Gonzales.
This entailed countless face to face and online engagements, which we had to do, because this would also mean much to the barangays development, Gonzales said.
Over-all, like Negros Oriental, Bohol scoured a total of 44 projects in the 2022 SBDP which the DILG facilitated from the P5.624 billion appropriations from the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2022.
The fund, placed under the Local Government Support Fund would be directly released to implementing local government units, Gonzales said. (RAHC/PIA-7/Bohol)