Council takes over ECCD funds in Kalinga
by L. Lopez
TABUK CITY (14 September) -- Funds for the civil works component of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program will no longer be transferred to recipient municipalities.
According to ECCD Provincial Coordinator Salvacion Babate, the move was reached by the Provincial ECCD Council following reports of late liquidation by recipient municipalities of civil works funds released to them, which has hampered release of succeeding tranches.
The Prov'l. ECCD Council also decided to take the management of the remaining civil works funds intended for the province.
Under the ECCD program, municipalities receive funds for the repair of barangay health stations and day care centers.
Except for Pasil, all the seven municipalities have not submitted yet their liquidations, Babate said.
She noted that these unliquidated funds are still part of the 2006 releases, that is why no release can be made yet for 2007 and this has affected the period of implementation of the ECCD program in the province.
The 3-year ECCD program was launched in Kalinga in September 2005 and is expected to be completed October 2008. With the present pace, Babate fears the province might not completely benefit from the program.
Last year, the total fund released for repair of barangay health stations was P1.110M and another P1.3M for day care centers. As of now, only 50% of the fund is liquidated, Babate reported. Added to the fund from the program is P1.375M counterpart of the province.
Civil work projects are on-going, but these are supposed to have been completed in October last year, Babate said. (PIA Kalinga) [top]