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P210-M fund available for barangays

TAGUM CITY (28 September) -- About P210 million will be allocated in the next three years, to all barangays in Davao del Norte to fund minimum basic needs (MBN) projects.

Guesting in Kapihan sa Kapitolyo, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario bared plans of empowering barangays to decide on their own the projects the need to satisfy basic needs of constituents.

Starting next year, del Rosario will release P70 million that can readily be availed of by barangays which shall have identified MBN projects.

"I will allocate about P70 million intended for MBN projects in every barangay at the rate of P300,000 per barangay," he said. "We are trying to empower the barangays to determine what they want," he added.

However, del Rosario wanted barangays to prioritize projects to be funded through a consensus agreed through the Barangay Development Council (BDC) during which barangay officials can generate ideas from their constituents.

"They have to prioritize the projects. Di pwede pinataka lang," he said. "There has to be process," he added.

The MBN approach is a poverty alleviation strategy of the government that looks into basic needs of each household such as water and sanitation, livelihood, health services, among others.

Del Rosario started implementing MBN approach to poverty alleviation during his previous term until he stepped down in 2004.

Noting that the MBN approach was sort of discontinued during the previous administration, he said he wanted to "revive it."

Meanwhile, del Rosario said he has assigned former Vice Governor Anthony del Rosario to take charge of his special concern for the barangays.

He believed that the young del Rosario "is familiar with the MBN program." "He would be the best person to implement it," he said.

The former vice governor gets the chief executive assistant post at the Office of the Provincial Governor.

Governor del Rosario bared his son has been going around the barangays in Davao del Norte to talk with the barangay officials regarding MBN projects so he can assist them in coming up with their proposals. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]

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