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USLG meets with DILG-CAR personnel re status of project implementation


USLG Austere A. Panadero receives update from technical and
administrative officers of DILG Cordillera


DILG USLG Austere A. Panadero took time from his speaking engagement in the City of Pines to meet with the technical and admin officers of the DILG- CAR Regional Office together with DILG Benguet PD Rufina T. Fegcan and some provincial staff last July 8 at the DILG-CAR Regional office. RD John M. Castañeda, ARD Jonathan PM Leusen, Jr., and LGCDD Chief Rene Valera were on their way to Apayao for the commencement activities of the Cordillera Month Celebration and kick-off of the gong relay when the USLG arrived in the City.


Primarily, the USLG wanted to hear status of implementation of locally-funded projects, concerns on the ground, and recommendations.


Potable water remains to be the most basic of necessities among communities in the Region, especially in far flung localities. Thus, 56.75 percent or 84 out of the 148 projects under 2015 DILG-BuB are potable water systems (PWS), in addition to the 118 BuB-PWS and 10 SALINTUBIG projects in 2014.


However, the long list of documentary requirements including various certifications from different agencies was identified as one of the bottlenecks in program implementation.


Engr. Ariel Moyaen of LGCDD detailed the requirements for BuB projects before the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) as basis for the release of the first tranche based on BuB Guidelines as contained in DILG MC No. 2015-45.


Recipient LGUs officially submits the following documents to the DILG Provincial Office if the project is worth PhP 1 M and below, and to the DILG Regional Office for projects more than PhP 1 Million, for review: project proposal or simplified feasibility study for water supply, appropriate sanggunian resolution authorizing the LCE to enter into MOA with DILG, Annual Investment Plan (AIP) or annual budget showing the budgeted amount for the required equity or the subproject/s (if any); project implementation schedule duly approved by LCE; certificate from the zoning officer that the project is located in a safe area based on the Mines and Geo-science Bureau (MGB) hazard map, and bank certificate for the LGU trust account.


Water supply projects requires additional documents such as potability test confirming the potability of the water source comprising of bacteriological, physical and chemical test from Department of Health (DOH) accredited laboratories; source validation confirming that the source is viable; geo-resistivity study for new construction with underground water source to determine the availability and quantity of the water source, and Executive Order on the creation of WATSAN Council and WATSAN Team.


For soft projects which includes capacity development and surveys, requirements include design survey

instrument/ questionnaire or training design.


The next phase is the approval of technical design, detailed engineering and of technical equipment/ goods specification for procurement and goods/ equipment. Additional document is the stamped received copies of applications for the following by concerned agency: Proof that the Certificate of Land Ownership or any applicable legal instrument/s allowing the use of land or property for the subproject (where applicable) and Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) or Certificate of Non-Coverage (CNC) whichever is applicable, are being secured. For project areas with Indigenous People (IPs) that will be affected, a certification that the area affected does not overlap with any ancestral domain from the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) pursuant to RA 8371.


Another is application for the issuance of Water Permits from deputized agencies of National Water Resources Board (NWRB), and Authority to Purchase for procurement of equipment or motor vehicle.


In addition, for the second tranche of funds to be released, the implementing partner must fulfill another list of required documents.


Previous years of project implementation show that LGUs can comply with all these requirements for a period of four months to one year. For 2014 BuB projects, list of recipient LGUs were released only in November 2014, and the cash releases for the 2015 DILG-BuB was made last April, much later than the cash programming of February 2015.


To hasten project implementation, concerned regional technical action officers of DILG-CAR strategized for the 2015 BuB project implementation. As early as November 2014, initial advisory was released for LGUs to prepare documents. Capacity building activities for new recipient municipalities was conducted in April, much earlier than scheduled by DILG Central Office.


Also, site validation for water projects is done simultaneously with water sampling. On-site validation in the Cordilleras takes time because of its topography. Some projects necessitate hiking through mountainous terrain for five hours to the water source and another five hours going back, mostly through bushy growths without the benefit of footpaths. Other areas may be reached by four wheelers during dry season but validators have to hike during the rainy season when the rains turn roads into rivers.


Given all these, the timeline for completion of one PWS project is pegged at 18 months. Various recommendations were forwarded to the USLG mostly on possible policy reforms. He promised to look into the recommendations like the proposed deputization of other agencies present at the local level by the NWRB for the issuance of water permits.


Water-related projects top the list of projects proposed by local governments in the Region. There are 300 BuB PWS projects in CAR since 2012, and 18 SALINTUBIG projects for CY 2013 and CY 2014. DILG-BuB Other Projects for 2015 includes flood control, bridges, DRRM equipment, and evacuation center number to 69 projects, and 171 BuB Local Access projects in 2014.


        National target of accomplishment for the 2014 BuB projects is 80 percent, and 50 percent for 2015 BuB projects by September 2015.# Carol G. Gano


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