71 Bukidnon villages to benefit from Php 1.4 Billion anti-insurgency program

A total of 71 barangays in Bukidnon will benefit from the Php 1,420,000,000.00 Local Government Support Program – Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) this year, an anti-insurgency program of the government.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bukidnon said the 71 villages are from 12 towns and two cities in the landlocked province.

The SBDP is a national government program wherein identified barangays under Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP) will receive Php 20 Million worth of projects, which they have identified as priority projects to answer their pressing development needs.

Engr. Carmelo Enrique Libot, DILG Bukidnon provincial director, personally briefed Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. on the details of the SBDP and the pertinent provisions of Local Budget Circular (LBC) 135 and 135A.

The DILG said that pursuant to the provisions of the two LBCs, the Provincial Government of Bukidnon will be implementing 159 infrastructure projects such as water system, road, solar dryer, health
station and school buildings and three non-infrastructure projects in the identified localities.

The identified 14 local government units covered by the program are the municipalities of Cabanglasan, Dangcagan, Impasug-ong, Kitaotao, Lantapan, Pangantucan, Quezon, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, San Fernando, Sumilao, Talakag and the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia.

The DILG said a meeting with the concerned Mayors, Engineers and Punong Barangays will be conducted on February 17 to firm up mechanisms and procedures on technical assistance, documentary requirement preparations and timelines.

To recall, the fund was taken from the Php 16.44 billion budget of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) set to address the insurgency-affected localities in the country.

Members of Makabayan Bloc attempted to block the budget for the anti-communist insurgency program of NTF-ELCAC during the appropriations hearing in the Lower House amid their claims that it may be used as the President’s and military officials’ pork barrel. (with a report from Bukidnon Online correspondent Mel B. Madera)

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