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PIA Press Release
2008/08/15

Kalinga end-users asked to monitor projects

Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 August) -- OIC Kalinga District Engineer Leo Mustard urged the public to help monitor the implementation of infrastructure projects in their respective localities. While it is the mandate of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to conduct regular monitoring of projects, he wants end-users to share with the responsibility of guarding how and where taxes are spent.

Under the policy of transparency and accountability, Mustard asked the participation of project end-users as he told them to be vigilant in public transactions where they are supposed to be involved. He said government has increased its infrastructure spending citing roads, bridges, irrigation, schools, water works, airports and RoRos are the projects where the bulk of the national budget is being earmarked.

During project inspection on site, Mustard told local folks to get involved in good governance by way of helping them monitor the implementation of projects. "That is why we inspect as a team with representatives from the media and the funding office," he said as he also invites non-government organizations to join.

Inspection is ongoing on the 52 projects funded out of the first trance Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Congressman Manuel Agyao aside from the 48 regular projects of the Kalinga District Engineering Office. Second trance PDAF and KDEO midyear projects are yet to start.

Meanwhile, Mustard also took pride on spreading the message of a clean and healthy environment during their barangay sorties. He challenged other villagers to reciprocate what others are doing in terms of cleanliness and beautification.

It can be recalled that the KDEO-DPWH spearheaded the adoption of highway sections to maintain their cleanliness and do massive tree planting. The example has earned the support of some local government units, which Mustard keep on telling people to emulate the same. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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