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DILG Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya together with DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista and DSWD Assistant Secretary Glenda D. Relova, and party conducted a face-to-face consultation with the forty-three (43) Local Chief Executives and representatives of Iloilo Province last February 3, 2022 at the Casa Real de Iloilo relative to issues and concerns in the Typhoon Odette Ayuda Distribution.

Present were Governor Arthur R. Defensor Jr., DILG Regional Director Juan Jovian E. Ingeniero, DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre, OCD Regional Director Jose Roberto  R. Nuñez, DSWD Assistant Regional Director Evangeline B. Felicio, DILG Provincial Director Teodora P. Sumagaysay, and Iloilo Provincial Police Office Director PCol Adrian V Acollador.

Read more: Iloilo LCEs convene to a consultative meeting on TS Odette aid distribution

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