Development Projects in Bohol at Barangay Level

The 14 towns in Bohol’s second district have formed sub-district clusters to identify development projects at the barangay level based on prioritization in the Integrated Barangay Development Masterplan that is expected to be finished by August this year with the help of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) regional office.

Rep. Erico Aumentado (2nd District) recently gathered the mayors and municipal planning and development coordinators of the 14 towns at the Ecotourism Business Center of Buenavista to finalize the work and financial plan of the Integrated Barangay Development Planning Project with the steering committee and the technical working group.

In the meeting, the second district towns were divided into four sub-district areas (SDA). The first group comprises of Clarin, Inabanga, Buenavista, and Jetafe; the second SDA — Talibon, Bien Unido, and Trinidad; SDA 3 — San Isidro, Sagbayan, Danao, Dagohoy, and San Miguel; and SDA 4 — Ubay and President Carlos P. Garcia.

Rustica Mascariñas of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-7 facilitated the meeting, while Maria Teresa Alambra of NEDA-7 took charge of the orientation workshop on sub-district area planning.

Buenavista Mayor Ronald Lowell Tirol, who hosted the steering committee meeting and the orientation workshop on the sub-district area planning, expressed enthusiasm on the barangay-based development.

He initially discussed partnership with Mayors Thomas Louis Gonzaga of Danao, Germinio Relampagos of Dagohoy, Claudio Bonior of San Miguel, and Jacinto Narraga of San Isidro. Vice Mayor Charito Lao represented Sagbayan.

The Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) federated presidents of Clarin, Inabanga and Talibon represented their areas; while Inabanga Mayor Jose Jono Jumamoy, Talibon Mayor Restituto Auxtero, and CPG Mayor Tesalonica Boyboy were represented by their municipal planning and development coordinators.

The clustering has been patterned after the Bohol Integrated Area Development (BIAD) plan to which Aumentado attributed the strategic implementation of circumferential road, irrigation projects and the Leyte-Bohol Interconnection Project during his past stints as congressman and later as governor.

“In the past, second district lagged behind in development. BIAD masterplanning set the direction, so the second district later managed to catch up with first and third districts, and even went ahead in the road concreting program. That’s why we have the Integrated Barangay Development Planning Project (IBDPP) now as a sequel of BIADP to continue the pace of development, but we now focus on the barangays,” Aumentado said.(Angeline Valencia, PNA)

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