Poverty alleviating projects listed by Baguio City LGU

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -– The Baguio City Council approved a list of priority Poverty Alleviating Projects (PAP) to be funded by the local government unit (LGU) and to be implemented by the line agencies (LAs) concerned.

Under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) scheme, the maintenance of the Mushroom Laboratory and Organic Fertilizer in Barangay Irisan will be pushed to include the maintenance of its equipment and packaging of the organic fertilizer it produces with a budgetary requirement of PhP1 million.

The Baguio Day Care Center for the Elderlies with Special Needs falls under the BuB protective services.

The budgetary requirement for the Day Care Center is PhP3 million for it to conduct regular activities for the elderlies with special needs at the Senior Citizen Center in Barangay Salud Mitra.

The rehabilitation and repair of the President Fidel Valdez Ramos (PFVR) building to accommodate a “One Stop Pasalubong Center” with a budget amounting to PhP3.5 million, is next in the list.

The council also approved PhP1 million to support the elimination of Human Trafficking in all 128 barangays in Baguio City.

Other projects under the BuB program include the capability building for Civil Society Organizations by the National Anti-Poverty Commission; protective services-programs and services by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Community-Based Monitoring System-Accelerated Poverty Profiling (CBMS-APP) Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); technical and vocational skills programs/technical vocational sills mobile training program and the training and certification of persons with Disabilities, Women Sector and Out-of-School Youths on Hilot/massage therapy by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the protective services for women and girls in Especially Difficult Circumstances (Domestic Violence Victim-Survivors) and solo parents to be implemented by the DSWD.

Projects outside the BuB scheme include the protection of the Camp 8 watershed which will encompass a survey of the perimeter including inventory of improvements of the watershed, capability building (forest protection), fencing of 470 linear meters of perimeter of watershed, seedling propagation, planting and nurturing and employing forest guards and capacitating them on forest protection with a PhP3 million budgetary requirement.

A PhP2 million budget is required for the Evacuation Centers in Barangays Pacdal, Gibraltar, Mines View, Pucsusan and Lualhati.

The City Poverty Reduction Action Team (CPRAT) will convene to monitor the implementation of these priority projects by the LAs in 2017. (PNA)