Some eight barangays from Palawan are benefiting from the Barangay Development Program (BDP) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).
“This year, eight barangays in Palawan are now implementing BDP projects. Next year, there will be 54 in Mimaropa, with 35 for Palawan,” National Security Adviser and NTF-ELCAC vice chairperson Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said in Filipino during his visit to the Regional Task Force (RTF)-ELCAC 4-B in Puerto Princesa, Palawan last November 4.
Esperon said for 2022, around 1,406 barangays from various parts of the country will be benefiting from the BDP.
“You know, those 1,406 barangays were already approved by President Duterte last March in Tacloban and included in the NEP (National Expenditure Program) with the sum of P28.1 billion. This because each barangay will be allocated P20 million (for their BDP projects,” he added in Filipino.
The P20 million allocated per barangay will be spent for BDP core projects like farm-to-market roads, school buildings, water and sanitation systems, livelihood programs, and health stations.
Esperon said this initiative is supported by the League of Provinces of the Philippines and the League of Municipalities.
He also clarified that the BDP is only part of Duterte’s key programs like free irrigation, improved Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), ‘Build, Build, Build’, free tuition fee, universal health care, anti-illegal drugs, anti-crime, anti-graft, and corruption campaigns.
Esperon also lauded the Palawan provincial government headed by Governor Jose Alvarez for spearheading development initiatives in the province even before the creation of the NTF-ELCAC.
He was referring to the Regional Peace and Order Council, the precursor of the NTF-ELCAC in the province that was started by Alvarez.
Esperon added that the NTF-ELCAC has grown stronger with the help of the 17 RTFs.
Each RTF is headed by one Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS).
The CORDS for Mimaropa is Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.