PILAR, Bohol – Lady Mayor Necitas T. Cubrado of this rice bowl town bared development projects with an assured funding from various sources are good for a start this year for progress of her town.One of these is the availment of the World Bank-funded grant/loan to the tune of PhP200 million intended for farm-to-market roads, a gymnasium and other hard projects or infrastructure.
She said that her administration has started to negotiate with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), a conduit of the WB for the said grant/loan facility, which is 90% grant and 10% loan. Once it is approved, the municipality will only pay the loan, the mayor said in an exclusive interview with Bohol NEWS Today, Bohol;s first and only daily. The town is also a recipient of two units Ford tractors priced at Php2.8 million each from the Department of Agriculture. Cubrado said this may be an income economic enterprise of the town since the tractors are to be rented by those who make use of them.
Another big projects is the rehabilitation of the three public markets in barangays Poblacion, San isidro and Bagumbayan and other infrastructure in the amount of Php46 million courtesy of the Bohol Earthquake Assistance (BEA) fund. She said that the town has already submitted some 40 projects with corresponding program of works (POW).
BEA fund is created by the Department of Interior and Local government (DILG) with an initial amount of PhP2.3 billion handed over to the province some in June 2014. The said fund is intended for the rehabilitation of infrastructure mostly in the barangays that have been destroyed by the tremor on October 15, 2013.
Mayor Cubrado said that her administration is also one of the beneficiaries of the Kalahi-CIDSS with an initial release of Php26 million and the second tranche of the same amount is forthcoming.
Waterworks system for potable water supply of some of the villages of this town are also attended to with the funding of Php6.6 million based on the bottoms-up budgeting (BUB) scheme, she said.
And she said she never overlooked the assistance for emergency cases in her hometown that prompted her to provided fund with counterpart of the barangays concerned for the acquisition of a multi-cab. She she allotted a total of Php100,000 for each barangay with their respective counterpart fund for the said vehicles. (rvo)