The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) continues to provide technical assistance to local governments, this time to provincial governments on local road management (LRM) in the implementation of KALSADA or Konkreto at Ayos na LanSAngan, ang DAan tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran.

All six provinces in CAR received a total of PhP 449,862,367.28 for the upgrading and rehabilitation of a total of 52.40172 kilometers of provincial roads.  The fund for 14 provincial road projects was directly downloaded to the respective provinces upon the endorsement of the DILG Regional Office based on the province’s compliance with the readiness criteria.  It may be used for provincial core roads as prioritized in the Provincial Road Network Development Plan (PRNDP).  Core road network refers to the minimum road network required to support the economic and social development of a province by providing quality linkages between the major population, industrial and cultural valuable locations within the local government.

KALSADA is a performance-based incentive program under the Local Government Support Fund.  It hopes to enhance local government systems, processes and practices in local road management leading to improved local road conditions.  It was developed to respond and build on the resolution of the League of Provinces of the Philippines urging the Department of Budget and Management and the DILG to provide for provincial road network development, in support to institutionalizing LRM in all provinces.

The program covers 74 provinces nationwide which are compliant to the Good Financial Housekeeping based on the 2014 assessment conducted by DILG.  The level of funding for each province was determined through needs and performance indicators.  Performance indicators refers to Special Local Road Fund (SLRF) subproject completion rate and road maintenance, while needs indicators include the need for road upgrading/ improvement, i.e. length of paved road against total provincial road length.

KALSADA calls for cost sharing scheme between the national and provincial governments based on income class.  First class provinces will provide 30 percent share; second class, 20 percent, and 3rd- 5th class, 10 percent share of their respective total project cost.

Benguet Province received the biggest allocation in CAR at PhP 88,183,248.13 for two projects namely, Rehabilitation & Improvement of Halsema-Madaymen and Rehabilitation & Improvement of Guinaoang-Suyoc-Gambang Provincial Road.  Mt. Province, on the other hand, has PhP 85,627,211.95 for three projects namely, Improvement of Tadian-Nacawang Provincial Road, Improvement of Besao -Tamboan Provincial Road and Improvement Bontoc-Mainit Provincial Road, while Abra was allotted PhP 76,681,085.33 for the upgrading and improvement of San Juan – Tineg, Bituen – Lacub, and Sallapadan – Bucloc provincial roads.

Moreover, Apayao has three provincial road projects worth  PhP 74,125,049.15.  These are the improvement of Buluan-Mawigue-Allangigan-Karikitan Provincial Road, Nararagan-Consuelo (Sta.Marcela)-Balluyan (Flora) Provincial Road, and San Francisco-Alem-Poblacion (Pudtol) Provincial Road. Kalinga, on the other hand, was allotted PhP 67,734,958.71 for the project Rehabilitation of Bulanao - Laya - Balong Provincial Road, while Ifugao received PhP 57,510,814.00 for the upgrading of Zamora-San Quintin-Bangar Road and Lamut-(Sanafe)-Hapid Road.

The funds were already downloaded to the provincial governments and project implementation have commenced and are expected to be completed by December 2016. # Carol Guidangen Gano / DILG Release

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