Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas on Thursday called for the prudent use of taxpayers' money made available for various anti-poverty and disaster risk reduction projects under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) program and the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), an incentive fund to jumpstart and sustain socioeconomic development initiatives of local governments.
Roxas unveiled a list of anti-poverty projects lined up in Morong, Bataan, during a meeting with members of civil society organizations (CSOs).
Funded mostly through the BUB and PCF, the projects involve repairs, rehabilitation and construction of farm-to-market roads (FMR) worth around P5.6 million.
They are expected to benefit farming and fishing communities in different sitios and barangays.
These include FMR projects funded through the BUB in Sitio Karanawan, Barangay Binaritan costing P553,000; from Sitio Bubuurin to Nagbalayong Proper with drainage improvement costing P180,000; Sitio Minanga, Barangay Mabayo worth P585,000; Sitio Bayandati, Barangay Nagbalayong worth P360,000; Sitio Pagasa, Barangay Sabang worth P990,000; Sitio Sabatan Barangay Sabang worth P900,000; Sitio San Isidro II, Sabang worth P1.1 million; and an Asphalt Overlay project in Mabini Extension, Bernabe Village worth P1 million funded through the PCF.
He said the project lists in Morong were drawn up by the LGU and communities through the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) that evaluated their needs.
“Ang bawat isang nakalista diyan, kayo ang pumili. Kayo ang nagdesisyon. Totoong sa Daang Matuwid, kayo ang boss,” he said.
Roxas also called for solidarity among the LGUs and people in the communities to move forward towards development.
“Kung solid tayo, malayo ang mararating natin. Walang iwanan. Hindi ko kayo iiwanan. Hindi ko kayo makakalimutan,” he said.
Earlier, he visited Balanga City to inspect a flood-prevention project in Barangay West Cupang, where he lauded local officials and members of civil society organizations and community-based groups, for choosing wisely the project that protects them against threats of flooding.
“Imbis na magarang gusali, pinili n’yo ang flood-control project para sa inyong proteksyon,” Roxas who is also the vice chairman for preparedness of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), said.
Roxas was told by local officials in Balanga City that for a year now, city residents have not experienced flooding because of the completed projects.
Roxas was in Bataan on Thursday to visit ongoing and completed projects being implemented in the province, with the DILG taking the lead in Project Management.
The DILG chief first visited a Level II (communal faucet) Water Project in Barangay Payangan in the Municipality of Dinalupihan where he distributed checks for various anti-poverty projects in five local government units (LGUs) and a PCF-funded flood control project in Barangay Central, Balanga City along Cupang River; and PCF-funded rehabilitation of canal with concrete cover in Brgy Cupang West.Roxas said the projects are expected to help improve the lives of people in the communities, particularly farmers and fishermen, while ensuring their safety and survival against natural calamities, and lauded the people for carefully choosing their local leaders.
“Kayo ang pumili ng mga pinuno na nagtaguyod ng good governance. Kayo ang nagmatyag at nagsiguro na maaabot ang standards ng Seal of Good Housekeeping,” he said.