Poverty reduction teams urged to ‘guard’ projects

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Saturday, May 31, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Pampanga Third District Representative Oscar Rodriguez recently urged the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) of some 11 local government units to monitor the implementation of multi-million projects awarded them by National Government agencies.

The office of the solon, in collaboration with the provincial Department of Interior and Local Government headed by director Myrvi Fabia, facilitated the recent "Assessment/Validation of Grassroots Participatory Planning and Budgeting Process (GPPBP)-Pampanga Projects" at the Talete king Panyulung Kapampangan, Inc. foundation headquarters in this city.

Under the GPPBP, some P159 million worth of projects have been allocated for this year for the local government units of Masantol, Macabebe, Apalit, Candaba, San Luis, San Simon, Mexico, City of San Fernando, Guagua, Lubao and Sasmuan. The allocation for each local government unit ranges from P13 million to P16, for projects that are to be implemented by such national agencies as the departments of agriculture, health, social welfare and development, education, trade and industry and environment among others.

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Rodriguez told the local government unit representatives: "Itong mga projects na ito as base sa pangangailangan ng grassroots community which have been identified through bottom up budgeting. Hence, from planning to implementation ay kailangan ninyong bantayang mabuti at hindi dapat mapunta sa bulsa ng mga politiko."

He added that grassroots communities, which are the direct beneficiaries of the various projects, should "feel the effects" of the programs.

"Dapat itong matikman ng mga mahihirap at tunay na nangangailangan. Kailangan itong magamit ng tama. As their representatives, don't hesitate to speak out for them. We need to strengthen volunteerism and participation of all sectors for inclusive growth. This allocation is just the initial release of what is intended for Pampanga, including the Provincial Government. Let us all join in the implementation and monitoring of the projects," said Rodriguez.

For 2014, Apalit has allocation of P14,100,000 for 15 projects; Candaba, P16,368,210 for 15 projects; Macabebe, P14,650,000 for 16 projects; Masantol, P13,725,000 for 16 projects; San Luis, P14,877,000 for 15 projects; San Simon, P15,000,000 for 18 projects; Sasmuan,P13,950,750 for 17 projects; Guagua, P13,897,500 for 21 projects; Lubao, P14,662,500 for 12 projects; Mexico, P13,250,00 for 12 projects; and the City of San Fernando, P15,000,000 for 16 projects. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 01, 2014.

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