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Kalinga and Ifugao attends 2 day CHARMP2 Sustainability forum

sustainability forum Abra and Kalinga

To ensure the commitment of the partner local government units in sustaining the completed rural infrastructure development (RID) subprojects in the Cordillera, the Second Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP2) conducted the Sustainability Forum cum Workshop (Batch 1) for Kalinga and Ifugao provinces on May 25 – 26, 2016 in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.
Participated by the provincial and municipal planning and development officers and engineers from the CHARMP2-covered provinces, the two-day activity aimed to inventory the completed RID subprojects, the improvements made after the subproject completion and to come up with annual operation and maintenance (O&M) plans for proposal and approval of the concerned local chief executive.
“This will ensure that the RID subprojects will be maintained and sustained by the partner LGUs and Project beneficiaries knowing that CHARMP2 is about to phase out its operation on December, 2016,” RID Coordinator Engr. Filemon Salvador reiterated. A total project cost of P93, 338, 879.22 and P83, 581, 225.09 for rural infrastructures were invested by the Project in Kalinga and Ifugao, respectively. Specifically, there were 13 Community Irrigation Systems (CIS), 3 Domestic Water Systems (DWS), 4 Community Infrastructures (CI), 8 Farm to Market Roads (FMR), 1 Foot Bridge and 5 Foot Path implemented in Kalinga. Ifugao has 1 CIS, 4 CI, 1 DWS and 16 FMRs. As of May 2016, the former has a physical accomplishment of 99.59% ahead of Ifugao with 99.16%. These rural infrastructures are expected to be maintained and sustained by the LGUs and project beneficiaries with the realization of the Project’s goal to reducing poverty in the poor rural indigenous communities in the upland areas.
In Ifugao, Tinoc Municipal Planning and Development Office staff Engr. Murphy Dalang said that the province has allotted annual funds for the maintenance of roads specifically on their mitigation control, clearing, and other operation and maintenance works.
On the other hand, it was noted that several improvements were conducted after the completion of the CHARMP2 rural infrastructures. These include extension of farm-to-market roads, concreting of unpaved road stations, canalling, excavation and rip rapping. Funds for these improvements came from the national agencies like DPWH and DILG. Others were funded by the concerned LGU and other development programs of the Department of Agriculture like PAMANA, Bottoms Up Budgeting and Philippine Rural Development Program.
O&M Plans were also drafted per municipality for proposal and approval of the local chief executives. A resolution institutionalizing the allotment of funds for the implementation of O&M plans are also underway. These are expected to be finalized with duly approval of the Sangguniang Bayan before June ends. This is in preparation for the upcoming International Fund for Agricultural Development – National Economic and Development Authority (IFAD-NEDA) Supervision and Implementation Support Mission this coming July. IFAD is the funding agency of CHARMP2.
“The burden of O&M implementation now lies with the concerned LGUs. They are the one who proposed the projects to be implemented in their municipalities. Hence, it is their responsibility to ensure that these O&M plans will be implemented for the benefit of the constituents,” said Project Manager Cameron Odsey.//Janice B. Agrifino
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