By GINA DIZON
SAGADA, Mountain Province—The Sangguniang Bayan in their regular meeting here last week reiterated their position withdrawing their signatures in a resolution authorizing Mayor Eduardo Latawan to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource and Management Project (CHARMP) and the Local Government Unit and release of CHARP counterpart funds, as they requested funding agencies to review and investigate the project.
The project, Improvement of Buasao Irrigation System and Construction of Tanulong Tribe Irrigators Association Water Services, is funded by P18 million from the priority development assistance funds of Senator Teofisto Guingona III and P18 million from CHARMP. The project which is currently undergoing construction was awarded to Cotabato-based FFJJ Construction in a bidding done December last year.
The resolution forwarded that the project ends at sitio Capinitan instead of the intended south central and eastern barangays of Sagada. The project only reaches three northern barangays of Madongo, Bangaan and irrigation system for Tanulong’s rice fields instead of 15 villages as initially planned.
Among technical inconsistencies, the legislative body noted discrepancies in number of proposed tanks as to identified sites, and utilization instead of more economical and durable materials such as plastic pipes.
Earlier, a meeting among some barangay officials and residents of Poblacion Sagada forwarded their initiatives to do the P36 million Buasaw water project instead. They called for the redesign and re estimation of the project plan in order that the project reach their respective barangays. Balugan barangay captain John Polon said barangay constituents can do ‘galatis’ (voluntary work) in the implementation of the said project.
Latawan explained in a separate forum that plans were changed from an earlier intention to provide water to Poblacion and nearby barangays using a two – inch in diameter to six-inch diameter pipes to accommodate the Tanulong irrigation system thus the lack of funds to reach earlier intended beneficiaries. Other funds shall be sourced out to continue the P36 million where it stopped in order to reach intended beneficiaries, Latawan said.
Vice Mayor Richard Yodong however forwarded that the said change of two to six inch diameter pipe was not made known to the legislative body. He forwarded his reservation that revised estimates be reviewed. # nordis.net