Highlights of the 2011 DIDP Board Meeting

DIDP board meeting 2011, at Government Center, Tagum City

The Davao Integrated Development Program (DIDP) Board Meeting was held last November 23, 2011 at the Bulwagan, Government Center, Brgy. Mankilam, Tagum City.

Members of the DIDP Board are the Local Chief Executives of the 10 DIDP members LGUs. National line-agencies such as DA, NEDA, DPWH and DILG are also represented in the Board through their Regional Directors. The DIDP Coordinators and project personnel from the LGUs who have vital roles in project implementation were also present during the meeting. The activity was organized by the DIDP Project Management Office headed by Atty. Wendel E. Avisado, DIDP Executive Director, and ably assisted by the Davao del Norte Provincial Planning and Development Office headed by Engr. Josie Jean R. Rabanoz.

DIDP Board Chair Governor Rodolfo del Rosario of Davao del Norte, presided over the meeting and welcomed everyone to his province. DIDP Acting Assistant Executive Director, Engr. Grace L. Magalona, then proceeded with the presentation of the updates of the various projects of DIDP. First is the status of the Livelihood Program components under the Integrated Food Security Program (DIDP IFSP) namely the Upland Farming Model Villages Project, Agro-Processing Promotion Project, Fisherfolks Livelihood Enhancement Project and Alternative Livelihood Development Project, which covers the physical accomplishment, funds disbursements, and loan repayments. Engr. Magalona also presented the findings and recommendations of the DIDP PMO on the status of the 5 pilot water supply projects as well the application of the technical transfers to the LGU personnel conducted under the Local Governance and Rural Empowerment Project (LGREP). She likewise summarized the activities and technical services provided by the PMO to the LGUS on Geographic Information System, Land Surveying and Groundwater Development. As to the implementation of the Farm-to-Market Roads Project, she presented the physical accomplishment and financial liquidation by the 10 implementing LGUs.

The DIDP Board acted favorably on the PMO's request for additional funds to cope up with the rising costs of office operations, and increased the annual contributions of the LGUs. Starting this 2012, the contributions of the provinces and Davao City will be P750K per year, and P500 K for the component cities.

The Board also approved the proposed Performance-Based Allocation scheme for the sharing of project funds under the DIDP IFSP among the DIDP member-LGUS. (Please see related article.) Chair Rodolfo del Rosario said that incentives should be given to the LGUs which are performing well or penalties to those which are not performing. DA Regional Director Oscar O. Parawan also agreed and said that DIDP can serve as a model for other locally-funded projects once the PBA will be implemented. According to Engr. Magalona, guidelines will be formulated as soon as possible and the allocation based on performance shall start with the CY 2014 Budget of DIDP IFSP of which the basis for the evaluation shall be the performance of the CY 2012 projects.

DIDP Board Resolutions were also approved during the Board Meeting, namely:

  • Resolution No. 2, s. 2011: Endorsing The Priority Irrigation Development Projects Of The Davao Integrated Development Program Integrated Food Security Program For The Period 2012-2016 For Funding Assistance By The National Government Through The Department Of Agriculture
  • Resolution No. 3, s. 2011: Approving The Annual Operations Budget Of The DIDP Project Management Office For Calendar Year 2012.

Other matters tackled during the meeting are:

  • Housing programs and status of ongoing housing projects of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) presented by Engr. Carolina Angel, designated Officer-in-Charge of NHA XI Project Office;
  • Davao Gulf Area Development Plan for 2011-2030 presented by Dir. Bonifacio G. Uy, Asst. Regional Director of NEDA XI;
  • Transfer of ownership, management, operation and maintenance of the Sta. Ana Port to LGU-Davao City, and designating the area as part of the economic and industrial zone in Region XI, requested by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.

Before the meeting adjourned, Plaques of Recognition were given to the LGUs with exceptional performance in the implementation of the various projects of the DIDP. Plaques of Appreciation were also presented to the 10 DIDP member-LGUs and its partner national government agencies as a token of gratitude for their continuous and steadfast support to the program.

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