Panay News

NTF ELCACfunde­d projects not implemente­d

- ❙ By Ime Sornito

ILOILO – Five projects in this province under the Local Government Support Fund-Support to Barangay Developmen­t Program of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict ( LGSFSBDP NTF ELCAC) were not implemente­d in 2021.

Allotted a total of P13 million by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), these were:

*developmen­t of tourism potential areas (concreting of local access road) in Igcabugao, Igbaras

* additional working capital for business sectors in Igpaho, Tubungan

*rehabilita­tion of barangay health center in Igpaho, Tubungan

*constructi­on of additional building for Grade 7 in Igpaho, Tubungan

* constructi­on of storage room for farm products in Igdampog Norte, Tubungan

Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said there was difficulty bringing constructi­on materials to the project sites, or none at all, while some ran out of time.

The DBM downloaded aP 720- million fund to Iloilo on April 2021 for the implementa­tion of 165 projects, most of which were farm-to-market roads.

As of Dec. 31, 2022, 91 projects were completed, 69 were ongoing, and five were not implemente­d.

The provincial government is preparing to return the unused budget.

However, Defensor requested DBM secretary Amenah Pangandama­n last week for an extension of the deadline to allow ongoing projects to be completed.

The governor also raised the possibilit­y of the provincial government shoulderin­g the expenses to continue the ongoing projects and push through with the five unimplemen­ted projects if the DBM will not allow the extension.

Out of the P 720million fund, P 181 was not utilized; it would be subjected to return to the DBM instead, said Provincial Planning and Developmen­t Office head Mario Nillos./

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