Posted Friday May 13, 2011 12:11:33 UTC ()

Tacloban City – In the recent Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum for Participatory Development Planning and Resources Allocation, 22 out of 28 Palapag barangays were prioritized for Kalahi-CIDSS funding. The total grant allocated for this Northern Samar municipality will fund drainage canals, day care centers, bridges and pathways, water systems, and a one-classroom school building.

The 22 barangays are Asum, B. Aquino, Tambangan, Laniwan, Sangay, Osmeña, Simora, Campedico, Bagacay, Mabaras, Magsaysay, Natawo, Matambag, Binay, Nagbobtac, Bangon, Manajao, Nipa, Napo, Monbon, Tinampo and Cabatuan.

Two of the 22 barangays will receive more than a million pesos grant and these are Barangay Binay for their proposed causeway and Barangay Monbon for the planned Monbon Bridge.

The selection of the prioritized barangays were based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria, all recommended by the community. The quantitative criteria listed the following: amount of barangay local cash counterpart, percentage of attendance in barangay assemblies, and the percentage of household to benefit from the proposed sub-projects.

The qualitative criteria enumerated the following: sub-project impact on the community and the environment, able to respond to other community problems, able to respond to community problems, sustainability, and lastly, its benefits for poor households.

Regional Director Leticia Corillo of the DSWD is confident that with the lessons gained from the Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in the last seven years, the Kalahi-CIDSS implementation in Palapag will not encounter major setbacks. Director Corillo also expressed her appreciation for the provincial and municipal governments’ support to the Project.

The Inter-Barangay Forum was held March 31, 2011 and construction of the sub-projects is slated on the first week of May this year.

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