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Kalinga gets P16M from national calamity fund

Tabuk City, Kalinga (20 February) -- Through the initiative of Congressman Manuel S. Agyao, Kalinga was able to access P16 million worth of projects to cover the rehabilitation and various infrastructure projects damaged by Typhoons'Ondoy' and'Peping' in the province.

Congressional Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) Coordinator Engr. Alexander Colangan revealed this saying that the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) was issued to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) last December upon the approval of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Identified for funding are five road rehabilitation, one rehab/construction and a flood control project.

For rehabilitation are the Cattabogan-Wagud Road in Pinukpuk and Bulanao-Balawag - Amlao Road, Tabuk City with fund allotment of P 3 million each; Bulanao - Nambucayan - Guilayon Road, Tabuk City; Tinglayan, Poblacion - Butbut - Bugnay Road, Tinglayan and Balantoy - Dao-angan Road in Balbalan with P2 M each. These projects he said are all on-going.

Colangan also informed that P2M is likewise allotted for the rehabilitation/construction of the Poway - Awichon - Uma Road in Lubuagan and another P2M is given for the rehabilitation of Liwan East Flood Control in Rizal, Kalinga.

According to Colangan, the Congressman has worked to access these funds not only to get the province's share from the national calamity fund to cope with the damages of both typhoons that have devastated the country but also in pursuit towards the Congressman' development goal of providing better infra projects in the province.

He said that aside from said fund, the Congressman has also allotted P14 M from his PDAF to DPWH Kalinga to fund at least 62 infrastructures and local projects for implementation this 2010.

For Fiscal Year 2010, the Congressman was also able to access P445.1 million for DPWH Kalinga District Engineering Office (DEO) infrastructure projects for road opening and concreting instigating the construction of better and more permanent infrastructure projects in the province.

Meanwhile, as the caretaker of Mt. Province, Agyao was able to access P452.56 million fund for the province. Both Kalinga and Mt. Province s according to Colangan received the highest share for this year among all provinces in the region.

"These fund allocations are the highest amounts ever received by both provinces from the national office," he said citing that for last year, DPWH Kalinga was only able to access Php20 million for infra programs.

"With these fund allocations for Kalinga, the congressman has made it clear that all funds must be used for permanent infrastructures such as road concreting," he said adding that said projects may be done in small scale but it assures that funds are used wisely paving the way towards the province's aspiration of having an all-weather road network in the future. (ggdumallig/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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