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Early Completion of Infra Projects Wow DILG DelegatesMay 26, 2012

By Jose Mari Garcia CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, May 26 (PIA) -- The City Government of Balanga completed three infrastructure projects using a P3 million grant in just two months, earning the admiration of various regional delegates from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in a visit here Thursday.

The said grant from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) paved the way ofimproving three barangays in the city which were visited by delegates from the DILG Central Office and from regions I, II, III, IV-A, V, VI, Cordillera Administrative Region and the National Capital Region.

In Brgy. Munting Batangas, the previous rough farm-to-market road was renovated into a concreted 510-meter road using P2.5 million from the PCF and another P2.5 million from the city government. The project started in November 9 last year and was finished this January 5.

Rehabilitation of drainage canals took only less than a month last November in barangays Poblacion and Cupang West and were funded by PCF and the city government each with P500,000.

Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III said he is sharing good practices to other towns and provinces as to help in improving other community’s economic development to serve citizens better.

“We want our programs recognized and as of our projects, they must be shared as our best practices will help lift other communities not only Balanga City,” said Garcia in an interview.

DILG Central Office division chief Suzette Bulawit said the visiting teams aimed to learn from Balanga so they could improve their own crafting of project proposals and also to monitor the projects funded by PCF.

She also lauded the city government for tapping private businesses in improving Balanga in terms of infrastructure development and education.

“On how the private sector was engaged in the city government’s projects,that’s where mayor excelled. They should show more of their good practices to national offices so the programs could be replicated,” said Bulawit.

Balanga City received its first PCF grant last year as it turned eligible in the qualifications of DILG as a performing city. (CLJD/JMG-PIA3) 

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