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PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012


Tabuk City allots more fund for infra, social services in 2012

by Gigi Dumallig

TABUK CITY, Jan. 16(PIA) -- With the expected increase in income, residents of Tabuk are looking forward to more development activities and projects in their localities starting with better roads and bridges and more social services program coverage.

City Budget Officer Edgar Sannadan said that with an estimated Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of P482,036,461.00 and an estimated locally generated revenue of P25,748,000, the city has a total budget of P507,784,461.00 this year.

From this, a lionís share of P100 million is allotted for the concreting of roads and bridges. Aside from the five urbanized barangays which were given priority for concreting last 2008, the road improvement would now cover the major thoroughfares of the other barangays.

In support to localized national programs and locally initiated projects, the city government has also increased its allotment for its social development from P4.6 million in 2011 to P21.5 million this year. The amount he said would cover the establishment of the Cityís Community-Based Monitoring System Project, Solid Waste Management Programs, Persons with Disability and Senior Citizens projects and several others.

The number of scholars is also expected to increase with the increase of fund allotment from P4 million to P13.82 million. The amount would cover academic scholars for two semesters and also the study program for the cityís legislators under the Philippine Councilorís League Degree Program for Legislators, Sannadan said.

Under the agricultural development program, the city has set aside P3.6 million for as counterpart for the acquisition of a tractor through the Department of Agriculture.

Under its P106.29 million Development Fund include the purchase of heavy equipment vehicles consisting of three dump trucks, one bulldozer, one loader, a tire-type backhoe, and one self-loading truck amounting to P8 million. The acquisition of these equipments was schemed to lessen construction expenses and to facilitate the opening and road improvement programs.

The rest of the Development Fund he said would be utilized for the implementation of various infrastructure projects such drainage canals and installation of street lights, social services infrastructure projects such as barangay health stations, daycare centers and improvement of elementary school buildings.

Also allotted under the DF is the dredging of the Chico River especially along farmlands as a measure to prevent the destruction of crops due to flooding.

According to Sannadan, the Development Fund has given priority to infrastructure development in compliance to the latest Department of Budget and Management (DBM) guidelines on the utilization of the 20 % DF.

Barangays projects will be based on the identified priority projects during the barangay revisits conducted last year with officials and department heads of the city government.

In a statement to the media, City Planning and Development Coordinator Maricel Kiley said that the city government would also be allotting more for livelihood as a strategy to address poverty, and agroforestry through the propagation of coffee and fruit trees to as a scheme towards the reforestation of the upland barangays, and consequently wean the people from kaingin practices and teach them to engage in fruit bearing tree production as an alternative source of income.(JDP/GGD- PIA-CAR, Kalinga)

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