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14 Naval barangays start implementing KALAHI-CIDSS projects

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

Naval, Biliran (5 September) -- After the tedious yet exciting processes of selecting the priority barangays where various projects under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS:KKB Project) will be implemented, 14 barangays in the municipality of Naval will soon start implementing their respective identified top priority project.

The process of selecting the 14 priority barangays in Naval was done during the Municipal-Inter Barangay Forum for Participatory Development Planning and Resource Allocation (MIBF for PDPRA) also known as the Development Festival held at the New Naval Gymnasium recently.

In a concept paper from KALAHI-CIDSS, the MIBF for PDPRA concretizes the role of the citizenry in establishing the demand for development through community proposals to address development challenges, as well as their role in development planning through the participatory allocation of resources to address the same. In the real sense, it helps to establish people empowerment and participation as necessary components in effective poverty reduction.

During the said forum, each of the 26 barangays of Naval town was represented by an able representative to speak for about two minutes about the proposed project in each barangay to convince the other representatives coming from the other barangays to vote in favor of the project proposed by the barangay.

After the two minutes talk, each representative will vote on a canvass form prepared by KALAHI-CIDSS and will rate accordingly based on the 17 development criteria with corresponding point value. The point value ranges from 10 as the highest point and two as the lowest with a total point value of 100 percent.

Based on the final results after the voting, 14 out of the 26 barangays in Naval were included in the top priority barangays in accordance to the point value it earned.

The number one barangay in the order of priority got 77.23% while the last barangay included got 66.92%.

The barangays that formed part of the 14 priority barangays are as follows in their correct order of ranking with the corresponding proposed project and the total project cost, 1. Anislagan-water system improvement (level 2), P661,802; 2.Villacaneja-barangay health station, P1,025,928; 3. Sto. Niņo-barangay road, P1,074,807; 4. Villaconsuelo-water system impovement (level 2), P625,175; 5. Talustusan-water system improvement (level 2), P583,666; 6. Cabungaan-water system improvement (level 2), P606,110; 7. Borac-water system improvement (level 2), P1,155,705; 8. Sabang-water system improvement (level 2), P1,150,010; 9. Lico-water system improvement (level 2), P427,141; 10. Imelda-farm to market road, 985,906; 11. Mabini-barangay health station improvement, P403,646; 12. P.S. Eamiguel-water system improvement (level 2), P414,878; 13. Haguikhican-water system improvement (level 2), P934,738 and 14. Libtong-farm to market road, P1,535,690.

The total project cost involve in the implementation of the proposed projects in the 14 priority barangays is P11,585,202.

Ed Eubolo Daza Co, Area Coordinator of KALAHI-CIDSS:KKB Project in Naval informed that 70% of the total project cost in the 14 priority barangays will be funded by KALAHI-CIDSS grant while the remaining 30% will be shouldered at 10% each by the provincial, municipal and barangay local government units.

Co said that the 14 priority barangays have allocated the total amount of PP1,054,880 in cash and P108,309 in kind; the municipal government of Naval has commited to allocate the amount of P1,049,422 in cash and P109,700 in kind while the provincial government of Biliran has commited to allocate P1,148,541 in cash and P24,000 in kind.

Co added that part of the fund involve in the project implementation in the 14 priority barangays comes from the community in cash or in kind amounting to P269,853 and from other benevolent private individuals who share in kind amounting to P94,800.

The implementation of the proposed projects in each of the 14 priority barangays will be implemented within this year but this depend in the preparedness of the concerned barangay especially in the completeness of the necessary requirement like the program of works, readiness of the counterpart fund coming from the LGUs concerned and other necessary requirements for the project to start, Co said.

However, Co said that if the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum Executive Committee (MIBF-EC) responsible in reviewing the MIBF-prioritized proposals find out that one of the priority barangays has defaulted in completing the documents needed within the prescribed time frame then the same body has the right to review the project proposal of the next in rank barangay for possible transfer of fund intended to the barangay which defaulted in submitting the complete document necessary for the project to start.

He emphasized that in a whole, the implementation of the KALAHI-CIDSS projects in the 14 priority barangays in Naval will help solve a multifaceted problem hounding the constituents in the community.

The KALAHI-CIDSS Area Coordinator in Naval explained that a problem on the water system in a certain barangay creates a lot of problem that will most likely affect the health and sanitation, environment, education of children due to going to classes late or the common problem on absenteism, livelihood of the people because no water is available for use in their enterprise, peace and order because people are quarreling of who can get first water and many more problems that will arise because of the absence of an efficient water system in the barangay.

"KALAHI-CIDSS brings real people empowerment in the community and through it the people whose voices have been hardly heard in carrying and crafting the development endeavors and initiatives in the past are now in the frontline in doing so in the community, Co said. (PIA-Biliran) [top]

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