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4 Barangays in Alegria Recipient of USAID-Gem Projects

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By: Edipolo A. Mosquito, Jr.

 

            For calendar year 2009, four (4) barangays in the Municipality of Alegria are soon to implement projects funded by the United States Aid for International Development (USAID) under the Growth Equity for Mindanao fund allocation. Qualified barangays to receive of this kind of foreign assistance were those enrolled and identified as KALAHI barangays. These are Brgys. Alipao, Budlingin, Camp Eduard & Ferlda.  Each barangay can access up to 2 million peso project per year if upon field validation it passes the criteria set by the program.

 

            Initial consultatioMayor Esma with USAID-GEM Officer Engr. Rafael Casas(right) and Brgy. Captain Edgardo Pecante (left) of Alipao during community consultationsns were conducted since 2nd semester of 2008 of which each barangay was asked to submit priority projects to be implemented that would somehow address socio-economic concerns in their respective localities. Barangay Infrastructure Projects (BIP’s) were identified properly by conducting community consultations facilitated by USAID-GEM officers based at Davao City in collaboration with municipal officials headed by Mayor Dominador G. Esma, Jr. and MPDC Edipolo A. Mosquito, Jr., the Focal Person in charge in coordinating directly with USAID-GEM.

 

            Projects identified in the 4 barangays are the following:

1.       For Barangay Alipao, construction of Boat Landing and its facilities was the agreed community project to provide as docking and landing area of fishermen of their fish catches in Lake Mainit  thus easy access to marketing is readily available. This project estimates will reach to almost 2 million pesos considering that the access road from the national highway of Brgy. Alipao towards the lakeside is part to be improved.

2.       In Barangay Camp Eduard, construction of a Trading Center is being proposed to boost the local market of agricultural products where traders are assured that legitimate trade will only occur in this designated place not just anywhere protecting both parties from any unscrupulous trades. Besides, it will encourage farmer-growers to produce more since the facility will accommodate the agricultural products safely before it will be discharged for trading. This barangay will also declare a market day for the traders/buyers to come and do business with our farmer-growers offering farm gate prices . Another Trading Center will also be constructed in Barangay Budlingin with similar strategy in order to sustain the project at the same time provide revenues to the barangay due to taxes collected during market days utilizing the trading center facility. The amount of 1.4 million pesos in each trading center has been allocated as project cost.

3.       In so far as the accessibility problem in reaching Barangay Ferlda still persists, the barangay officials and its constituents proposed for Construction of Box Culverts and line canal drainage to complement the approved 4.5 million pesos KALAHI funds for the rehabilitation of Barangay Camp Eduard to Ferlda Road. Towards the end of this 1st quarter of 2009, the road rehabilitation works will be started. The installation of box culverts, RCPC and line canal has an estimated project cost of 2 million pesos.

 

As per guidelines set by the program, LGU Alegria will be provide the counterpart equity of no less than 1.5 million pesos of these 4 projects. However, when Mayor Esma requested Congressman Guillermo A. Romarate, Jr. to help us put up the equity requirement, he immediately assured Mayor Esma of extending financial assistance coming from his pork barrel and completely assume the 25% equity requirement as demanded by USAID-GEM. These 4 projects is targeted to commence work within the second quarter of 2009.

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