Pagadian City – Twenty-two (22) municipalities in the Zamboanga Peninsula who benefitted from a water project under the 2014 Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP) were trained on Detailed Engineering Design (DED) Preparation and Procurement facilitated by the DILG Region IX at Hotel Guillermo here.
The 22 towns are: Godod, Gutalac, Jose Dalman, Kalawit, Labason, Liloy, Manukan, Mutia, Rizal, Sibuco and Sibutad of Zamboanga del Norte; Bayog, Dimataling, Dumingag, Guipos, Lapuyan, Pitogo, Ramon Magsaysay, San Miguel and Vicenzo Sagun of Zamboanga del Sur; and Imelda and Buug of Zamboanga Sibugay.
Participants included the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator (MPDC), Municipal Engineer (ME) or Water Supply Supervisor (WSS) and the Sangguniang Bayan Member on Infrastructure. The Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and the Provincial Engineers from the Provincial Governments of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur were also present during the workshop.
In an opening message, DILG IX Regional Director Paisal O. Abutazil emphasized that Detailed Engineering Design (DED) is crucial for the projects implemented in the region, being one of the requirements for the releasing of funds.
“Region IX is still at 38% in fund utilization while other regions are already at 85%. Hence, the LGUs need to fast track their submission of said documents for the funds to be released before the year ends and so that the allocation will not be reverted and realigned for other purposes”.
The said training workshop is still part of the series of capacity development programs of the Department, intended to capacitate the recipient municipalities on Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat (SaLinTubig) Program under Grassroots Participatory Process (GPP). (Lemuel C. Mejares, Regional Info. Officer/ LGOO II)