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Kalinga reviews investment plan, agrees to host RDC meeting

Tabuk City, Kalinga (28 July) -- Members of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) recently conducted their third quarter meeting to review the 2009 Annual Investment Plan as a result of the recent sectoral planning last June.

Presented by Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), the list of proposed projects include 14 proposals from the Social Services Sector amounting to P25.7 million; 14 development projects from the Economic Sector with a required fund allocation of P7.6M; P9.8 for the nine proposals from the public order and safety sector; P17.5M was also requested from the Development Administration sector for their 24 proposals: and P526.29M was proposed for infrastructure support.

According to Geronimo Donaal of the PPDO, said projects will still be reviewed and evaluated by the body to choose on what projects to prioritize considering that the amount allotted for the province's 20% development fund is only P72M.

In relation to national development programs, Kalinga Governor Floydelia R. Diasen informed the group that during the recent LAKAS Party meeting, she presented the problems on the siltation of the Chico River that resulted to the flooding of several farmlands along the river bank.

She said that the President expressed willingness to support the project including the conservation of the Chico watershed areas.

In support to this, Pasil Mayor James Edduba also informed PDC that Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap has committed P200 Million for the watershed development project for Cordillera.

Edduba said that for the provinces to avail of their share, the Secretary directed each province to prepare their specific plans in support to the comprehensive watershed development project for CAR.

Meanwhile, the body during meeting agreed to host the joint Regional Development Council (RDC) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) meeting this coming August.

Among the concerns to be presented and discussed include the updates on the proposed Chico River Comprehensive Development Plan and the on-going North Luzon Agricultural Quadrangle (NLAQ) projects. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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