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gov­ern­ment to fund the iden­ti­fied devel­op­ment projects of var­i­ous mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and cities of the prov­ince next year.

The Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) will iden­tify devel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties and eval­u­ate fund­ing as­sis­tance to the LGUs from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Gov­er­nor Pineda, the P389 mil­lion bud­get will be uti­lized by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and cities to boost com­mu­nity devel­op­ment projects such as lo­cal ac­cess roads, potable wa­ter sys­tems, evac­u­a­tion cen­ters and dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion projects, safe and hy­gienic fa­cil­i­ties and small wa­ter im­pound­ing in­fras­truc­ture among oth­ers.

“Ma­ganda ang ug­nayan ng DILG, na­tional gov­ern­ment at ng kapi­tolyo. So, bago mat­a­pos ang ak­ing ter­mino at ng Pres­i­dente maaar­ing isa ang Pam­panga sa mga pinaka­m­a­ga­gan­dang probin­sya,” the gov­er­nor said.

At present, records from the DILG show that Pam­panga has the high­est project im­ple­men­ta­tion rate in Cen­tral Lu­zon.

For her part, DILG Re­gional Di­rec­tor Julie Daquioag said that the na­tional gov­ern­ment has been pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to nu­mer­ous mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the coun­try since 2014 through the bot­toms-up-bud­get­ing pro­gram.

This year, a to­tal of P347-mil­lion was al­lot­ted by the na­tional gov­ern­ment for the “As­sis­tance to Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties” pro­gram for the com­ple­tion of sev­eral projects be­fore the end of De­cem­ber.

Mean­while, DILG Pro­vin­cial Di­rec­tor Myrvi Fabia re­minded may­ors of each LGU to ac­com­plish their com­pre­hen­sive devel­op­ment plan as it is a re­quire­ment for the ap­proval of the bud­get.

The con­fer­ence is the re­al­iza­tion of the al­liance and con­ver­gence be­tween Capi­tol and LGUs to­wards a pro­gres­sive and uni­fied Pam­panga.---JTD

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