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KALAHI-CIDSS cycle 2 takes off in Abra

by Maritess Benas

TINEG, Abra (25 September) -- The Cycle 2 of the Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan - Community Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) project in this remote municipality has finally taken off after five months delay.

This was announced by Angel Padre, area coordinator of KALAHI-CIDSS project in Abra, who also explained the various factors that affected the implementation of the project in the area.

The foremost reason for the delay was the poor participation of the project beneficiaries particularly the failure of the local government units, both the municipal and barangay government units to deposit their financial counterparts to the current account of the project, Padre said.

Second was the unavailability of licensed contractors interested to participate in the project bidding due to the distance of the project sites. The Government Procurement Reform Act (GPRA) requires projects worth more than $5,000.00 to be subjected to bidding, but with no interested bidders, the management team had to wait for the issuance of the No Objection Letter (NOL) from the Department of Social Welfare and Development Cordillera Regional Office in order to be allowed to award the project to whoever is available and capable to handle the project in the community. Only then that local folks were allowed to conduct the procurement of goods and services from the local suppliers.

The reconstruction of the Babsalan Communal Irrigation System of Brgy. Lanec for instance needed to undergo the local bidding process because the project cost is already above the $5,000 (P200,000) ceiling for projects exempted from the required bidding.

Padre expressed optimism that the problems encountered during the Cycle 1 would not happen again during the implementation of Cycle 2 of the said project. (PIA-ABRA) [top]

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