May 24, 2024

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera and the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-Elcac) are monitoring the implementation of the projects under the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) for 2021.

Engr. Joseph Lopez of the DILG Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division said monitoring must be done because the funds for the projects under the SBDP fiscal year 2021 are valid only until Dec. 31.

Ito po ay tinututukan ng buong RTF-Elcac para mabilis po ang implementasyon at hindi masakripisyo ang kalidad ng mga proyekto natin,” Lopez said.

Based on DILG-Cordillera data as of June 23, nine SBDP projects are ongoing, three are under the detailed engineering design revision, and one is under training design preparation.

Among the 26 proposed projects for 2021, five are completed,  namely  the construction of health center building and concreting of Barroga-Baggas Road with box culvert in Babalag East, Rizal, Kalinga and the upgrading of Tamboan Road, construction of Ugawi Road, and construction/improvement of Dandanac Madagem access road in Tamboan, Besao, Mountain Province.

Eight are substantially completed or undergoing some rectifications based on the monitoring conducted.

Lopez said they are pushing the implementing units to fast-track the implementation of the projects.

In 2021, Cordillera identified eight barangay beneficiaries that received P20 million each for their chosen projects.

A total of 26 projects were proposed including 10 farm-to-market roads, eight water sanitation system, three school buildings, three health stations, and two agricultural livelihood training.

The SBDP is a flagship program of the DILG and an offshoot of Executive Order 70, which aims to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace and development by ending local communist armed conflict through a whole-of-nation approach.

It provides funds to priority projects and programs to communities previously infiltrated by communist terrorist groups. – Debbie E. Gasingan