ILOILO — Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. released a total of P40.3-million financial assistance to support various infrastructure development projects in barangays and public schools here yesterday (November 19).
Of the total aid, P22.5-million was taken from the chief executive’s appropriation on donations, subsidy to local government units and 20% Internal Revenue Allotment.
The remaining P17.8-million, on the other hand, was for the benefit of 72 elementary and 11 secondary public schools in 30 local government units through the Provincial School Board chaired by the governor.
“For as long as the barangays need that help and the province can afford it, I will grant their requests without asking of their political colors,” Defensor stressed during the ceremonial turning over of cheques.
The identification of recipients was based on the request of barangay officials, school officials and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members headed by Vice Governor Raul Tupas.
Tupas, alone, requested for P1.4-million aid for his chosen beneficiaries through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP).
Eight other members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also provided support to various barangay projects.
*Board Member Dennis Valencia – P1.7-million
*Board Member Demetrio Sonza – P470,000
*Board Member June Mondejar – P570,000
*Board Member Ma. Shalene Hidalgo – P405,000
*Board Member Carmen Rita Monfort-Bautista – P1.7-million
*Board Member Nielo Tupas – P245,000
*Board Member Paulino Parian – P654,500
*Jeneda Salcedo-Orendain – P875,000
Most of the donation was for the construction of barangay roads, bridges, overflow, gymnasiums, water systems and solar dryer; repair of day care centers, multipurpose halls and health centers, installation of streetlights; and provision of computers and equipment.
Barangays benefiting from the aid were located in Miagao, Oton, San Joaquin, Tigbuan, Alimodian, Leon, New Lucena, Zarraga, Badiangan, Lambunao, Calinog, Janiuay, Dumangas, Estancia, Lemery, San Miguel, Banate, Cabatuan, Dueñas, Sta. Barbara, Barotac Viejo, Guimbal, Tubungan and Passi City.
Meanwhile, the aid from the Provincial School Board will be used to repair and rehabilitate school buildings (P10-million), construct new ones (P2.1-million), support sports development programs (P2.5-million) and improve school grounds (P3.1-million). JAN