KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Dec. 2 (PIA)-- The Provincial Government of North Cotabato along with the Municipalities of Antipas, Arakan and President Roxas recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to formally implement developmental projects worth P4,942,000.
The developmental projects include a potable water system worth P350,000 and small water impounding worth P150,000 in Sitio Lukiki, Malatab, Antipas; two barrels NCBC along Sitio Paco-Paco, Brgy. Tumanding, Arakan worth P2,000,000; rehabilitation of farm to market road in Sitio Matigol to Sitio Inamong, Arakan worth P 1,500,000 and construction of overflow bridge in Sitio Mabuhay, Barangay Tuael, President Roxas worth P942,000.
The MOA also states that beneficiary LGUs will compliment the projects through a counterpart scheme.
With this, the Antipas LGU gives a counterpart equivalent to 15% of each of its project or P52,500 for the potable water system and P22,500 for the small water impounding projects.
Arakan LGU on the other hand, gives a counterpart equivalent to 10% of each of its project or P200,000 for the two barrel NCBC and also the same 10% counterpart for President Roxas LGU’s overflow bridge which is equivalent to P94,200.
Under the Bottom-Up Planning and Budgeting (BUPB) now called Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) which was formally adopted through DBM-DILG-DSWD-NAPC Joint Memorandum Circular Goal (MDG), poverty reduction programs and community inclusive growth projects must be implemented to conform to the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan (PDP).
Engr. Marion Y. Abella, Program Agrarian Reform Program Officer II of the DAR, Antipas, Arakan and President Roxas have completed their project proposals or their respective BUPB/GPB projects and were approved for funding by the DAR and implementation with the supervision of the provincial government which significantly possess the technical capacity to implement the projects.
Meanwhile, the funds will be released to the provincial government through a separate account set up for these projects as follows: first tranche is 50% (after issuance of the Notice to Proceed to Contractor), second tranche is 40% (upon submission of accomplishment report, audited for utilization reports, duly noted by the PARPO and a certification from the DARPO of at least 50% project completion) and final tranche is 10% (after final inspection of the DARPO and upon submission of a certificate of completion)
North Cotabato LGU is mandated to implement and complete the construction of the projects within 180 calendar days. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta.Cruz&RASotto-N. Cot. Provincial Government)