By RUBEN B ESPANA
THE Mambulao local government will take new initiatives to reduce poverty among its citizens starting next year.
The P17.5 million poverty alleviation program will take off through the recently-created local poverty reduction action team (LPRAT).
The funding includes a P2.5 million counterpart money from the LGU.
The budget will cover LPRAT’s activities starting next year which would zero in on six major areas of social and economic concerns in Mambulao.
Funding for the projects will begin next year.
The new initiatives are:
Sustainable livelihood program and opportunities:
1. Artificial coral reef and mangrove rehab - P500,000
2. Reforestation - P500,000
3.Acquisition of post harvest facilities - P1 million
4. Agro fishery development - P500,000
5.Production of organic fertilize - P500,000
Sustainable and viable livelihood micro enterprises:
1. Rolling store - P500,000
2. Handicraft - P500,000
3.Fish Processsing - P500,000
4. Fisherman livelihood - P500,000
5. Pineapple/cocochips processing - P1 million
1. Repair/maintenance of day care centers - P2 million
2. Supplemental feeding program - P500,000
3, People with Disabilities and Indigenous People livelihood - P500,000
4. Senior citizerns livelihood - P500,000
1. Gulayan sa Paaralan - P500,000
2.Supplemental feeding program - P500,000
3. Repair of school buildings - P1 million
4. assistance to alternative learning systems - P5600,000
Health and Sanitation
1. Purchase of emergency vehicle - P1.5 million
2. Health Facilities Construction - P1 million
3. Disease control training - P500,000
Rural micro enterprises
1. JP farmers trading center - P2.5 million
The Mambulao PRAT is composed of Mayor Ricarte ‘Dong’ Padilla – chairperson; retired engineer Ruben B Espana – co-chairperson, all department heads of the local government; representatives from the national agencies; and representatives from the civil society organizations.
PRAT was created in Nov 20, 2013 under Circular No 4 issued by the Department of Budget & Management (DBM), Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG), Department of social welfare & Development (DSWD) and the National Poverty Commission (NAPC).
The joint circular mandated the creation of PRAT that will identify, prepare programs and projects collectively drawn through participatory process by the LGU and the civil society organizations.
The aim is to address the needs of the poor constituencies and marginalized sector of the municipality.