STARTING this month, Jose Panganiban expects to receive a windfall of development funds amounting to Php202.1 million.
The documents containing the breakdown of this funding are being held at the Local Government Unit of the municipality.
A source at the LGU has been circulating the figures among Facebook account holders, particularly Mambulaoans, to inform them of development projects coming to their community.
However, the source has declined to be named as he did not want to be accused of “politicking”.
A copy of the figures was sent to MWBuzz.
The funding is aimed at improving the municipality’s infrastructure – from baranggay roads and bridges, to potable water system – and to boost education among the youths in the municipality.
A big chunk of the funding amounting to Php100 million allotted by the Agrarian Reform Communities Projects (ARCP) is aimed at boosting agriculture production and related livelihood activities.
Development of communal irrigation system, potable water sources and agricultural produce markets are among major projects to be funded under ARCP program.
The municipality of Jose Panganiban is engaged in small-scale rice and coconut farming alongside fishing as its major source of livelihood.
There are also a number of small-to-medium size mining operations extracting iron, copper and gold around the community.
According to the LGU figures, the following are the breakdown of the Php201.1 million funding windfall:
1) Php100 million from ARCP
2) Php20 million from the Office of the President
3) Php 20 million from Senator Juan Ponce Enrile
4) Php5 million from the Department of Agriculture
5) Php500,000 from Sen Chiz Escudero
6) Php600,000 from Sen Loren Legarda
7) Php1 million from Sen Jinggoy Estrada
Funding from the three senators would come from their discretionary development funds running up to several hundred millions.
Aside from a raft of massive funding, the municipality will also receive earth-moving equipment like backhoe, grader, dump truck, road roller, fire truck and ambulance.
Under the baranggay road cementing project, the portion covering the Parang-to-Larap segment is on-going, while the Sta Rosa-to-San Rafael road building would begin soon.
Roads would also undergo rehabilitation in San Isidro, Sta Cruz, San Jose, Dayhagan, Salvacion and Dahican.
Rehabilitation of baranggay bridges is also on-going in Sta Cruz and in Panggono.
A new baranggay hall will be built in Tam-isan and a day care center will rise in San Martin.
Flood-prone Motherlode in the poblacion will soon be relieved of perennial flooding with the construction of a flood-control dike in the area.
Baranggays Panggono, San Martin and Pinagkaisahan have been energized.
Another big news is that a unit of Tesda (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) is about to operate in Larap.
The municipality of Jose Panganiban has also been provided a Bantay-Dagat speed boat to check illegal fishing activities at Mambulao Bay.