SORSOGON CITY – Leaders of 62 barangays would help administer P23.9m worth of infrastructure projects across the second district of Sorsogon, Representative Deogracias B. Ramos Jr said.
He said local leaders would be able to provide employment to residents in their area since the arrangement would enable them to tap the barangay for the project’s labor requirements.
The move is in line with the Sorsogon lawmaker’s commitment to have barangay officials play an important role in the implementation of projects. This is a 180 degree turn from the usual practice of engaging private contractors for amounts of this nature.
It is understood that the Department of Public Works and Highways will prepare the program of work and monitor the implementation of the projects in the barangays concerned.
“These projects, funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund, will help create long term economic development opportunities. From improving the water supply system, upgrading school facilities, construction of pathways and pavements to concreting farm-to-market roads, these are investments that will translate to stronger, healthier communities,” he remarked.
The towns who received allocation are Barcelona – P2,150,000; Bulan – P4,000,000; Bulusan – P2,100,000; Gubat – P4,100,000; Irosin – P2,300,000; Juban – P2,500,000;Matnog – P2,800,000; Prieto Diaz – P2,100,000 and Sta Magdalena – P1,875,000.
“I am fulfilling a promise I made during my campaign. That PDAF-funded projects costing no more than P500,000 will be administered at the barangay level. This will not be the last. We will continue to balance projects that support long term economic growth and create opportunities for those in the district,” he added.
Rep. Ramos also unveiled P11,075,000 worth of “soft” projects for the district. These include the purchase of stadiometer (height board) for all the barangays, scholarships, medical missions, financial and medical assistance. The allocation also covers the purchase of 3,000 chairs for 111 elementary schools in Barcelona, Gubat, Matnog and Prieto Diaz. BicolToday.com