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The National Government has allocated PhP 6.5B to 74 pilot provinces for the implementation of Konkreto at Ayos na Lansangan ang Daan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran or KALSADA program. The Province of Antique was allotted approximately 84M for the concreting of local roads in Sibalom and Patnongon.
The KALSADA program aims to help local government units (LGUs) in progressively improving local road conditions by providing technical and capacity development assistance to provinces through training, mentoring and coaching on local road management as well as funding for road upgrading, improvement, and rehabilitation.
Engr. Donee Ann Ruinata of DILG Antique Provincial Office recently conducted monitoring of the concreting of Nagdayao-Pis-anan Road in Sibalom amounting to 50M and concreting of Larioja-Tigbalogo Road in Patnongon amounting to 34M . The projects started on December 8, 2016 and expected to finish on October 2017. The Antique Provincial Government allotted 20M as their counterpart for the two road projects.
Program Manager Raymundo Palanog said that the KALSADA program intends to guide the LGUs in local road management.
The performance criteria for FY 2016 are based on a province’s performance on the implementation of its Special Local Road Fund (SLRF) Projects, and Performance on road maintenance based on the DILG Provincial Road Inventory of good to fair roads.
To qualify for the KALSADA program, the province must be a recipient of the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping under the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Prior to fund release, the province submitted necessary documentary requirements which include Provincial Road Network Development Plan (PRNDP) and Detailed Engineering Design (DED), among others.
The DILG conducted a series of capability building training-workshops to the participating LGUs to help the LGUs comply with the documentary requirements for the KALSADA program, as well as giving one-on-one technical assistance on polishing of DEDs submitted as per request of LGUs that need it.
This year the program is looking to cover all provinces and cities nationwide. The compliance with the Good Financial Housekeeping standards will still be employed, but it will be included in the list of documentary requirements the LGU has to comply with prior to fund release. The Program is optimistic in inculcating significant improvements in Local Road Management all over the country as well as reforms in governance and ultimately contribute to a sustained progress in the socio-economic development of provinces. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)