CMGP Road Projects Paves Way to Transparency, Create Reforms in Governance

Aerial Photo of the newly turned over concrete road in Barangay Batawan, Baganga

Recognizing the importance of roads as mobility corridors for communities to transport goods, services, and people and in providing a pathway for emergency services and disaster relief operations, the government wants to ensure sustainability and cross-cutting measures in the implementation of road projects. (FILE PHOTO)

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Creating reforms in governance will be the main focus in the implementation of road projects under the program called Conditional Matching Grant for Provinces (CMGP).

The program, which is set to construct seven highly anticipated road projects here amounting to a total of P254 million by next year, is touted to incorporate in its implementation transparency and the institutionalization of efficient Local Road Management and Public Financial Management Systems, processes, and practices.

Local Road Management Team Orientation and Action Planning.

CMGP – the upgraded version of the former Kalsada Program is a partnership program between the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) that aims to partly address the poor state of provincial roads across the country and to improve the capacity of provinces in local road management, incorporating reforms in public financial management.

Unlike the Kalsada Program, CMGP does not require counterpart funds from the LGUs, thus enticing more local government units to avail of the program. However, a set of preconditions are required for an LGU to become eligible to be enrolled in the program. This mainly includes their compliance with the DILG’s Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), particularly on its Financial Housekeeping.

DILG Provincial Office Outcome Manager Orle Cabaobao during the recently held Local Road Management Team Orientation and Action Planning.

While the national government provides the capital investment to improve road connectivity and programs for capacity development for LGUs, local government units, in turn, are expected to develop an efficient management system that considers various sectors in the road development, said DILG Provincial Office Outcome Manager Orle Cabaobao during the recently held Local Road Management Team Orientation and Action Planning.

“Under the program, we do not just construct roads and bridges. We build standard and quality infrastructure,” he said, stressing quality-assurance in the road project implementation.

Recognizing the importance of roads of not only providing mobility corridors for communities to transport goods, services, and people but also in providing a pathway for emergency services and disaster relief operations, the government wants to ensure sustainability and cross-cutting measures in the implementation of road projects. One way to achieve this is through a multi-sector approach by tapping the participation of various offices and agencies to synchronize plans in road network development. Taking into account foreseeable future developments in road construction, the government is ensured of sustainability of the roads, thus avoiding waste of government funds.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Freddie Bendulo presents the Provincial Road Network Plan

The road construction which supports the Provincial Government’s overall plan to improve access and connectivity in the countryside is poised to improve socio-economic conditions of communities traversed by these roads in many rural farming areas, especially in the hinterlands.

Road projects that set for implementation in far-flung farming communities in 2018 here stretch to a total of 23.7 kilometers and will directly benefit 10,173 households or 45,827 residents.

These roads for implementation include 4-kilometer road in Brgy. Don Salvador in the City of Mati; the 3-kilometer road in Brgy. Poblacion, Bagyumbayan in Lupon town connecting to Brgy. Mogbongcogon, Piso in Banaybanay town; the 4-kilometer road in Brgy. Anitap, Oregon, and Magdug in Governor Generoso town; the 2-kilometer road in Brgy. Sanghay in the City of Mati; 1.8-KILOMETER ROAD IN Brgy. Del Pilar and Brgy. Lambog in Manay town; the 1.5-kilometer road in Brgy. Lambog and Brgy. Capasnan in Manay town; and 7.4-kilometer road in Brgy. Capasnan and Brgy. Rizal in Manay town.  PIO

                                                                                                                

 

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