BAGUIO CITY— On March 17, 2021, during the First Quarter Cordillera Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) meeting, a total of eight barangays in Cordillera that are already cleared of Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) are included in the list of identified barangays under the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Local Budget Circular No. 135, s. 2021.
Of the eight barangays in the Cordillera, six are from Abra, one from Kalinga, and one from Mountain Province.
The RTF-ELCAC endorsed the priority programs, and projects of the identified cleared barangays under this year’s Local Government Support Fund-Support to the Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP).
Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) for Cordillera and Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar enjoined the cluster members to continue their support in effectively addressing issues and development in these barangays which are being exploited by the CTGs.
“We came into this task together in support of the national government’s massive campaign for sustainable development of the rural areas especially in barangays impoverished by the malignant presence of the CTGs,” he said.
“We sought to pursue our goals and objectives by bringing the government closer to the people and allowing them to actively participate in governance and community pursuits that affect them,” he added.
Dar further notes that, “As cluster members, we must continue to work with everybody with the noble cause of peace and progress for our people.”
Of the P160-M earmarked for the eight barangays, P108 million is allocated for farm to market roads; P25 million for water and sanitation systems; P17 million for school buildings; P8 million for health stations, and P2 million for agricultural, livelihood, and technical vocational training or projects.
Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Regional Director Araceli San Jose of the DILG-Cordillera said that the appropriated amount of P16,440,000 will be used for the implementation of various support programs of the 822 cleared barangays nationwide from 2016 to 2019.
“Let us ensure that the priority projects funded under the 2021 LGSF-SBDP of the eight barangays are implemented promptly and properly so that the communities will benefit immediately,” she said.
The implementation of priority programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) for cleared barangays aims to address existing governance and development gaps while promoting and sustaining peace and prosperity.