TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- The Provincial Monitoring Committee recently met to iron out policies regarding implementation of projects funded from the 20 percent development fund of the province.

The committee members agreed among others that project identification must be based on the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) and the Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) of the provincial government.

They further adopted to establish minimum cost of eligible projects at P100,000 and such project should be identified in the Provincial/Municipal Annual Investment Plan (AIP) and or a priority in the Barangay Development Plan (BDP).

Implementers should strictly follow guidelines set by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through its joint memorandum Circular No. 2011-1 with the Department of Interior and Local Government entitled "Guidelines on the Appropriation and Utilization of the 20% of the Annual Internal Revenue Allotment for Development Projects."

This has been long localized by the provincial government when it crafted its own guidelines through project screening, prioritization, and sensible evaluation that arrived at rational allocation of the 20 percent development fund.

The team also agreed that realignment of programs and projects contained in the approved AIP is prohibited unless it is necessary such as an emerging concern or overlapping of funding. But this has to be done through act of legislation by the Provincial Board.

Fund transfers to barangays which are categorized as "subsidies" in the budget is still not clear, but the monitoring committee requires that fund transfers to barangays must go to projects indentified in the BDP, the program of works prepared by the municipal engineering office and covered by memorandum of agreement. (Geraldine Dumallig)