THE Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-Elcac) endorsed the priority programs and projects of the identified cleared barangays under the fiscal year 2021 Local Government Support Fund-Support to the Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP).
During the First Quarter Cordillera RTF-Elcac on March 17, eight barangays in Cordillera already cleared of communist terrorist groups (CTGs) were included in the list of identified barangays under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Local Budget Circular (LBC) 135, s. 2021.
Of these barangays, six are in Abra, one in Kalinga, and one in Mountain Province.
Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Cordillera and Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar enjoined the cluster members to continue their support in effectively addressing issues and development in these barangays, which are being exploited by the CTGs.
“We came into this task together in support of the national government’s massive campaign for sustainable development of the rural areas especially in barangays impoverished by the malignant presence of the CTGs,” he said.
Of the P160 million earmarked for the eight barangays, P108 million was allocated for farm-to-market roads; P25 million for Water and Sanitation Systems; P17 million for School Buildings; P8 million for Health Stations; and P2 million for Agricultural, Livelihood, and Technical Vocational Training/Projects.
Araceli San Jose, OIC regional director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera Administrative Region, said the appropriated amount of P16,440,000,000 will be used for the implementation of various support programs of the 822 cleared barangays nationwide from 2016 to 2019.
“Let us ensure that the priority projects funded under the 2021 LGSF-SBDP of the eight barangays are implemented promptly and properly so that the communities will benefit immediately,” she said.
The implementation of priority PPAs for cleared barangays aim to address existing governance and development gaps while promoting and sustaining peace and prosperity. (PR)