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RDC-2 adopts proposed criteria for allocation of funds for irrigation and roads

Tuguegarao City (September 27) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) has approved and adopted the proposal of the Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) for the use of a set of criteria for the allocation of funds for the construction of Small Irrigation Projects (SIPs) and Farm to Market Roads (FMRs) in the North Luzon Agri-Business Quadrangle (NLAQ) as identified in the State of the Nation Address (SONA).

For both SIPs and FMRs, the criteria basically are scarcity of infrastructure with a weight of 35%; development potential, 35%; and equal sharing, 30%.

For irrigation projects, the lower the irrigation coverage, the higher the share. Under the development potential criterion, local governments with higher income will have lower share while those with bigger agricultural land, higher incidence of poverty and higher population will have a bigger share.

For farm to market roads, local governments with lower percentage of unpaved national roads and road density will have higher share. Under the development potential criterion, local governments with higher income will have lower share while those with higher number of farms, bigger area of farmlands, and higher population will have bigger share.

Under equal sharing, for both SIPs and FMRs, the weight assigned will be decreased by 5% annually and added to the development potential criterion.

The set of criteria was developed by representatives of the different regions under NLAQ.

NLAQ is given a monthly allocation of P200 million for SIPs and FMRs which is part of the commitment of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as declared in her 2006 SONA to develop this part of the country in recognition of the role of North Luzon as an agri-business hub. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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