A year after leading its groundbreaking ceremony, Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas visited a renovated section of the New Albay Public Market in Legazpi City funded under the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).
The P3-million project covers the improvement of the carinderia section of the public market and is expected to benefit at least nine concessionaires.
Roxas said, “Nakikita natin ito, totoo ito, hindi laway, hindi pang-tarpaulin lang. [We can see this. This is real, not just for show.]”
The PCF is a performance-based reform program of the DILG given as incentive to eligible local government units (LGUs) to finance high-impact local development projects. Legazpi City was named beneficiary of the fund after it was included in the 20 top performing cities nationwide.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal congratulated Roxas for the project, saying “’Yan ang kagandahan ngayon, hindi lang kailangan malapit sa Presidente. Dapat pumasa sa SGH (Seal of Good Housekeeping) [That’s what’s good nowadays, you don’t just have to be allied with the President. You have to pass SGH.].”
Roxas also inaugurated a rehabilitated day care center and Early Integration Program (EIP) Facility for Children with Disabilities (CWD) in the same city. The P5.7-million project was funded through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) process.
According to City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) officials, facilitators, and physical therapists serve around 40 to 60 CWDs in the facility. The EIP building has a therapy, learning, and play areas to address the CWDs specific needs.
Roxas said, “Andito ako, tutulong sa inyo, walang iwanan, para bigyan ng fighting chance ang mga batang ito. Dehado na sila sa simula, at least maipapantay natin ang laban.”
Gov. Joey Salceda of Albay thanked Roxas for the BUB project. He emphasized that LGUs, particularly barangays lack the needed funds to finance their projects and when Congress allocates funds, the legislative body chooses where it should be spent.
He said,“Tayo po na maliliit ay hindi po tayo binibigyan ng kung anong kailangan talaga natin dito. Dito po sa grassroots, ito pong sinasabing Bottom-Up Budgeting o itong Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program na nasa ilalim po ng DILG, na siya [Roxas] po ang nagpatupad, ay nakita natin na ‘pag ang programa ay galing sa DILG ay malinis at direktang nakakarating sa mga tao. [We weren’t given what we needed here. But with the grassroots, the Bottom-Up Budgeting or Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program under DILG, which Sec. Roxas implemented, we saw that if a project is from DILG, people will directly benefit from it.”
Roxas said, “Ang mga kakulangan ay kongkretong natutugunan [The needs are met directly.],” emphasizing these projects accord with President Aquino’s “Tuwid na Daan.”