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Spanish donor announces more pro-poor projects in 2009

Butuan City (14 November) -- Impressed by the implementation results of the Poder Y Prosperidad dela Communidad Project, Agencia Espanola Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID) Regional Project Officer for Caraga Miguel Angel Barba announced that his agency is planning to put more investments in the region for 2009.

In his visit to Poder areas in San Agustin and Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur, Mr. Barba revealed that more AECID projects is in the works to further capacitate the project stakeholders along subproject sustainability, empowerment and improving local governance. He said that with the commendable performance of the three Poder areas in Caraga (San Agustin and Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur and Sibagat, Agusan del Sur), these municipalities may yet again be part of the upcoming projects.

For four years now, AECID has been giving out fund support to the Poder Project which is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. To date, some 16,290 families in 61 barangays have availed of various infrastructure support composed mostly of schools, water facilities and health stations. A total of P74 million pesos were given out to fund these projects.

Meanwhile, the project visit brought out enthusiasm and willingness among the communities who wishes to avail more projects from the Spanish Agency.

"We want you (Mr. Barba) to know that Poder brought tremendous impact to the economic development of our communities," Hinatuan Mayor Candelario Viola said in a dialogue. Mayor Viola further explained that the reception and warm welcome shown by the villagers are manifestation of their gratefulness to the funding donor.

Mr. Barba likewise lauded the town mayor for hiring workers that focuses mainly on Poder implementation, despite the presence of a coordinating team employed by the project.

"We hired our own project workers because we want to replicate the process of Poder. With the Poder process, we observed that the people care for the project. The sense of responsibility is evident and felt," mayor Viola explained.

A total of ten barangays were visited to evaluate the operations and maintenance of their subprojects which is now under the care of the Barangay Local Government Unit and core groups composed of residents. (DSWD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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