GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 March 2016) — Around P90 million worth of development projects were implemented last year in this city and parts of South Cotabato through the efforts of the province’s second congressional district office.
Paulo Jay Acharon, chief of staff of South Cotabato second district Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr., said the funds went to various basic services and construction of vital infrastructure facilities.
He cited projects for social, educational medical and employment services, and infrastructure projects like road concreting, installation of water systems and the construction of multipurpose buildings.
“These are projects that were identified as top priorities. and endorsed for funding and implementation by the recipient-communities,” he said at the Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting in Koronadal City.
South Cotabato’s second congressional district covers this city and the municipalities of Polomolok, Tupi and Tampakan.
Acharon said funds for the projects came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Public Works and Highways’ South Cotabato-II District Engineering Office.
He said the DSWD released around P10 million worth of medical, food, educational, burial and transportation assistance for the area.
CHED and TESDA delivered P7 million and P5 million, respectively, for college and technical-vocational scholarships for “poor but deserving students,” he said.
Acharon said the DOH released a total of P4 million in assistance for the indigent patients at the city hospital and the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital.
In terms of infrastructure, he said a total of 32 multi-purpose buildings, five road concreting, and five water system projects were implemented in the area.
South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes, who heads the PDC, lauded the office of Rep. Acharon for lobbying with various national government agencies for the implementation of the said projects.
She also recognized the efforts of the second congressional district office for properly reporting its accomplishments to the council.
“These reports are vital to ensure transparency in governance and at the same time for the people to know about the different projects and services of the government that were delivered,” she said in a statement. (MindaNews)