DILG-10 WARNS LGUS AGAINST ANTI-INSURGENCY PROGRAM ‘EXPLOITERS’
To address the gap between the national government and the conflict-affected areas, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) proposed funding for the realization of the counter-insurgency plans, programs, and activities (PPAs).
With the recent approval of the FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA) carrying an allocation of P16.44 billion for the Local Government Support Fund – Support to the Barangay Development Plans (LGSF-SBDP), every priority barangay is allocated with P20 million for the implementation of their PPAs and boost economic development in their area.
Recently, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 has received several reports of unscrupulous individuals posing as consultants in exchange for a percentage of the amount allocated for the PPAs.
“We would like to warn our LGUs, especially the NTF-ELCAC priority barangays, to report these individuals capitalizing on the government’s program. The Department highly condemns this fraudulent act against the public,” said DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe.
He reiterates that the funding is for the implementation of programs that will create a more stable community such as farm-to-market roads, water and sanitation system, livelihood programs, among others.
RD Agabe underscores that only the DILG and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is allowed to release the funding to the Provincial Office of the LGU beneficiary.
“We encourage our LGUs to report to the DBM and the DILG if they are approached by such individuals,” RD Agabe said. (DILG 10/ LGCDD/Princess Jia Andriza Artajo)