The evacuation facility located in Keystone, Ucab, Itogon, Benguet funded under the Department of the Interior and Local Government – Cordillera Administrative Region (DILG-CAR), Local Government Support Fund - Assistance to Municipalities (LGSF-AM) program was turned over to the Municipal Local Government Unit of Itogon on March 21, 2019 through a ceremonial turn over activity. This was attended by members of Itogon LGU officials headed by Mayor Victorio Palangdan, Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) Ceasar U. Ating, Cheryl Rose Cardenas, DILG Benguet Provincial Director Rufina T. Fegcan and the Regional Program Management Team (RPCT)of the AM Program.
Initially, the project was funded under the FY 2017 Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) program with an amount of Php 5,623,000.00. It was then fully completed last February 13, 2019 through the FY 2018 AM with an additional funding allocation amounting to Php 2,900,000.00. The then unfinished facility served as the processing center of recovered remainsafter the onslaught of typhoon Ompong in September 2018 that hit the Municipality.Mayor Palangdan expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided and islooking forward to more collaborations with the DILG that would benefit theirconstituents. PD Rufina Fegcan responded saying that, full support will be providedfor future partnerships on projects and programs for the community.
Through the DILG LGSF-AM Program, Municipalities are able to access government support funds that would help them implement as well as subsidize projects identified in their Local Development Investment Plans (LDIP) given that, they are compliant with the requirements of the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, Local Development Council Functionality and Public Financial Management System as requirement for fund access and allocation. ##JRChua&KMAlangui