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DILG-10 aids in poverty alleviation of NorMin townsMay 7, 2012

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, May 7 -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 underlined programs and special projects this year directed towards eradicating poverty, specifically the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG), Mindanao Basic Urban Services Sector Project-Millennium Development Goals (MBUSSP-MDG), and Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).

In a press release, Atty. Rene Burdeos, DILG-10 Regional Director, said the SALINTUBIG is designed to provide water supply systems for waterless towns and enhance the capacity of the local government units (LGUs)/water service providers in the planning, implementation, and operation of water supply facilities.

In Region 10, there are 16 LGU beneficiaries for this program and most of them are presently working on their respective detailed engineering design. Said LGUs are hopeful that these water projects will improve the water services in their towns and reduce the incidence of water-borne and sanitation related diseases.

DILG will be responsible for the capacity development requirements of the LGUs and the water service providers in the planning, development, and operations/management of the water services funded thru the SALINTUBIG.

Another water project is slated for Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental as a beneficiary of the MBUSS Project and MDG.

The PCF is an incentive fund given to eligible LGUs to be used for its priority projects that will hopefully bring progress in their community. One PCF project that falls under poverty reduction is the water system of Damulog, Bukidnon, which is already operational, while 12 various projects of same target from the nine LGU beneficiaries in the Region are working towards completion.

Another cash incentive is the LGSF, which is meant to support the implementation of the priority projects of the national government. Out of 77 LGU beneficiaries in Region 10, 28 of them or 36% have enrolled such projects as health centers, provincial hospital, water system, farm-to-market roads, among others. On the other hand, 30% of them are hoping to build public market, multi-purpose drying pavement, slaughterhouse, roads and bridges in their towns in order to provide income to the community. (Rochelle Dagang/DILG/PIA-10)



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