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Forty million pesos’ worth of projects for Barangays Bulan-bulan, San Remigio and Cabladan, Sibalom are realized through the groundbreaking ceremonies conducted by the Department of the  Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Antique Provincial Government on December 15, 2021 in both areas.  The two barangays received P20 million each in CY 2021, having been identified as insurgency hot spots in the province.  After the completion of administrative documents, the provincial government through which the funds were downloaded, has started their implementation.

The farm-to-market road in Bulan-bulan used up their total budget of P20 million, while those of Cabladan were divided into the construction of a school building (PHP 2.15 million), electrification project (PHP 3 million), water system improvement (PHP 2.85 million), and farm-to-market road (PHP 12 million).  All were funded through the Local Government Support Fund – Support to Barangay Development Program (LGSF-SBDP) of the DILG.

DILG Provincial Director Cherryl P. Tacda, Provincial Board Member Fernando Corvera, Municipal Mayors Margarito C. Mission, Jr and Gian Carlo F. Occeña of San Remigio and Sibalom, respectively, and Punong Barangays Pedro Raymundo and Porficio Cabigunda of Bulan-bulan and Cabladan, respectively, led the groundbreaking ceremonies.  The event was likewise graced by LtCol. Harold Garcia, Commanding Officer of the 61st Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, and P/Capt Grace Saldajeno of the Philippine National Police-Antique, and Provincial Board Members Mayella Plameras, Pio Sumande and Alfie Jay Niquia.

Read more: DILG, ANTIQUE Province break ground for P40M worth of barangay projects

The enactment of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code 1991 has once again been commemorated. The DILG – Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) 6 flagship program Development Talk or DevTalk was the highlight of the 30th LG Code anniversary celebration in the month of October 2021. Thus, it served as the opening activity with the theme, “Reshaping Local Autonomy, Past 30: Revving-up Full Devolution Beyond the Pandemic, and its Three Decades of Promise to LGUs.”

For twelve years now, DevTalk has been institutionalized as the regional knowledge-sharing platform that operationalizes the principles of knowledge management, multi-stakeholdership and convergence. It has consistently served as an avenue for discussion on various areas of local governance and promote innovative practices among local government officials, government agencies, academic institutions, and other private institutions by showcasing best practices and notable initiatives, among others.  

Read more: DILGR6 celebrates as Local Government Code turns 30