MOA on P6-M farm-to-market roads okayed on 1st reading-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
THE 17th City Council on Tuesday approved under first reading a proposed memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the City Government of Davao and Department of Agriculture (DA) for the concreting of farm-to-market roads in three villages in the city with a total allocation of P6 million.
The proposed agreement is for barangays Paquibato Proper in Paquibato District; San Isidro in Bunawan District; and Marilog Proper in Marilog District with a project allocation from the DA amounting to P3 million, P2 million and P1 million, respectively.
The project is embodied under the city's 2013 Bottom-Up Budgeting and Planning (BUBP) approach for the city's Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP).
Based on a copy of the proposed MOA, the DA will release to the City Government the funds required for the project on a billing system which is divided in three tranches.
The DA will set aside at least 50 percent of the total amount in the first tranche, another 40 percent for the second tranche, and the third tranche will have the remaining 10 percent which will only be released 90 days after the issuance of Certificate of Acceptance and Completion.
It also read that the DA regional office will retain at least three percent of the total allocation for each of the barangay for the monitoring and other activities during the project implementation.
As mandated under Republic Act 8435 (Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act of 1997), the DA “provides postharvest, infrastructure and facilities to enable small farmers and fisherfolks to have access to technology in order to improve the handling, storage, processing and marketing of agricultural and fishery products.”
The city, on the other hand, signified to appropriate the counterpart amount of not less than 10 percent of each total project cost subject to their Internal Revenue Allotment in compliance with the prescribed 2011 General Appropriations Act.
The city will start the implementation of the project 10 days upon receipt of the fund from the DA-Central Office and is tasked to submit to DA-Davao Region monthly full liquidation report of each project.
Each project will have 120 days to complete.
Upon approval under first reading, the item was referred to the committees on rules, privileges, laws and ordinances; and public works and highways for committee hearing. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas/Sun.Star Davao)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2013.