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DSWD's PODER fast-tracks rehab projects in Albay

by CL Martinez

Legazpi City (2 February) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Bicol is fast tracking the implementation of the PODER-Bicol rehabilitation projects in the province of Albay covering the cities of Legazpi and Tabaco, and the towns f Tiwi, Malilipot, Sto Domingo and Bacacay.

PODER or the Poder Y Prosperidad de la Comunidad-Bicol Rehabilitation Project is a grant subsidy from the Spanish government through the Agencia Espaņola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID) for rehabilitation projects in the province of Albay.

Under the project, every municipality has an allocation of P7.8 million.

DSWD Deputy Regional Project Manager Rogelio Borbon said "a month after completion of documentation and submission of the project proposals, the LGU-recipients can already start construction of their respective infrastructure projects under the PODER-Bicol Rehabilitation Project."

Legazpi City is taking the lead in the implementation of the project.

Among the infrastructure projects now being implemented in Legazpi City include the Integrated Health Service and Rehabilitation Center in barangay Banquerohan; Livelihood Rehabilitation Support Facilities for Vegetable Growers in barangay Bariis; and, construction of Day Care Center in barangays Banquerohan and Taysan.

Borbon related "these community projects are part of the rehabilitation efforts for various infrastructures damaged by typhoons that struck Albay in 2006.

The total project cost amounted to P9.8 million, with P7.5 million as PODER grant and the BLGU shelling out P350,000, and P1.9 million from the LGU as local counterpart.

At present, DSWD is now conducting regular meetings with the LGU-recipients as well as monitoring on the progress of the implementation of community projects.

Borbon also noted "these infrastructure projects are expected to be completed on April this year."

"Since this is a grant, every municipality should be cautious on the timeline set by the funding agency. We need to fast track disbursement of the fund because there are other municipalities that might need it," he added.

Local governments of Tabaco City, and towns of Tiwi, Malilipot, Sto. Domingo, Bacacay and are also currently preparing to complete the documents for the full implementation of PODER in their municipality. (KCRSMO-DSWD/PIA) [top]

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