The Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga Region (DILG 13) released a total of P32.048 Million worth of second tranche checks for the Provision of Potable Water Supply projects under the Bottom-Up Budgeting (now called Grassroots Participatory Budgeting) 2013 for the first quarter of 2014.

These releases were the second tranches for each project comprising the 50% of the total project cost. The first tranche of 50% was released upon approval of the project and the second tranche was withheld until the completion of the Detailed Engineering Design, signed contract with contractor and 10% liquidation of the first tranche.

2.95 Million went to Agusan del Norte for 2 potable water system projects. P1.95M was released to Carmen on Feb. 17, 2014 and P1M to Buenavista on Feb. 25.

4.405 Million went to Agusan del Sur for 9 water system projects. P2M for the three (3) projects in Bayugan City; P0.775M for five (5) projects in Santiago; and P1.63M for one (1) project in San Luis. These were released to the first two municipalities on Feb. 14, and the latter on Feb. 24.

12.825 Million went to Surigao del Norte for 23 projects. P1.893M went to Surigao City for their 13 water projects; P4M to Socorro for (4) projects; and P0.8M to Pilar, P1.025M to Mainit, P1M to Del Carmen, P0.507M to Malimono and P3.6M to Tubod with one (1) water project each. The checks were released on Feb. 21, Feb. 24, Feb. 14, Feb. 20, Feb. 21, Jan. 18 and Jan. 9, respectively.

P6.891 Million went to Surigao del Sur for their 13 water projects. P1.1.M went to San Miguel for 3 projects; P1.0785M to Lianga for three (3) projects; P1.4M to Hinatuan for three (3) projects; P0.75M to Bislig for two (2) projects; P0.5625 to Tago for one (1) project; and P2M to the province for Surigao del Sur for the single water project in Lingig. These were released on Feb. 17, Feb. 12, Jan 30, Feb. 20, Feb. 24 and Jan 30, respectively.

Tne priority poverty reduction project identified by the participating cities and municipalities under the BUB is the Provision of Potable Water Supply. Out of the P1,810,930 Billion budget for FY 2013 implementation of the Provision of the Provision for Potable Water Supply, an amount of P1,060,652 Billion is allocated for the infrastructure investment requirements of the water supply projects for the 348 target cities and municipalities under the BUB. Of which, 27 are from Caraga Region.

The initiative aims to provide potable water to poor communities with no or limited access to safe, drinking water as part of the government’s effort to achieve Goal No. 7, specifically Target 7C of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). (Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio, RIO-Designate, DILG XIII)

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