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San Fernando to use extra P10.8M local dev’t fund for road improvement

Oct 11, 2021 @ 11:26
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San Fernando City’s local development council chaired by San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago approved on Wednesday the proposed utilization of the additional P10.8 million of the 20-percent local development fund.

The additional fund came from the adjusted National Tax Allotment (NTA) shares of San Fernando for Fiscal Year 2022 resulting from the adoption of the 2020 Census of Population as approved under Proclamation 1179 dated July 6.

“Noong una po kasi, binase ng [Department of Budget and Management] ang population sa 2015 census kaya ang 20 percent development fund lang natin noong una ay P259,147,917. Ngayon, binase na ng DBM sa 2020 census kaya yung pondo natin naging P269,979,210.40,” the mayor said.

“May sobra tayong mahigit sampung milyong piso na puwede pa nating gamitin for our developmental projects,” Santiago explained.

The LDC has decided to allocate the fund for the improvement of the road from the corner of Barangay
Del Rosario to the City’s Civic Center.

The council believes this would provide easy access to the City’s Civic Center which houses the Covid-19 Kalingang Fernandino Isolation Facility and will soon be an annex of several government offices including emergency welfare services, senior citizen welfare and OSCA Services, gender and development office, and other essential public offices and services.

Santiago reiterated that the city’s development projects will remain aligned to the national action plan for Covid-19 response and economic recovery projects.

“Dahil nasa gitna pa rin tayo ng pandemya, we will still be focusing our funds and resources in Covid-19 response. We just can’t let our healthcare system collapse,” he said.

“The CHO [city health office] and our medical workers and frontliners need every possible support from the LGU,” the mayor said.

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