Moreno vows to pursue cost-sharing in projects
Cagayan de Oro City (17 June) -- Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno sreiterated the policy of his administration to pursue developmental projects in the provincial, municipal and barangay levels through cost-sharing.
Popularly known as kurambos, the cost-sharing scheme which Moreno introduced about five years ago after he assumed as the province's chief executive, enables the realization of projects which, considering the dependence of local government units in internal revenue allotment, could have not been realized.
"We have to do away with the practice of the previous administration to grant P1-million subsidy to municipal governments since those in the other political camp often get left out," the provincial governor said, during his 'Ang Lalawigan Karon' weekly television program.
Moreno said that instead of giving an outright subsidy to municipal mayors for their development projects, "we try to bring in and get the agencies of government directly involve in the particular development initiative to share their resources."
He said most, if not all national government agencies, maintains regional offices but do not have enough personnel who can directly respond to the needs of the communities at the provincial, municipal and barangay levels, hence the need for close linkages and coordination with them so that "we can bring down the basic services of government to the people."
"With that teamwork among national government agencies through their regional offices, with us in the provincial government as well as their representatives at the provincial and municipal levels, if ever there are, we can undertake projects at the municipal and barangays levels," Moreno explained, adding even non-governmental organizations, civil society groups, and the private sector has also been extending assistance to this multi-agency, multi-level and multi-sectoral approach in alleviating the socio-economic conditions of communities.
This, he said, enables the provincial government to construct more and more classrooms, daycare and health centers and other public buildings, open new farm-to-market roads and undertake repairs and rehabilitation of existing provincial roads, upgrade the facilities and services of provincial government managed hospitals as well as hold regular monthly medical outreach activities.
He said the cost-sharing approach makes it possible for the provincial government to enrol more indigent residents to Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) which, as of the latest count, has reached 135,000 card-bearing members.
"We could have enrolled only one third of that number if we have not closely working with PhilHealth, with our provincial hospitals and municipal governments," Moreno stressed.
The second-termer governor, who has served as Misamis Oriental first congressional district representative in Congress for six years, said that the provincial government, in effect, has been pouring in about P6 million every year in every municipality, including the city of Gingoog, in the last five years.
Misamis Oriental has 424 barangays spread out in its 24 municipalities and a component city. (Misamis Oriental Provincial Press Office) [top]