Agusan del Norte CBMS Presentation

Photo shows some of the guests during the CBMS presentation of Agusan del Norte. From left to right, Agusan del Norte Vice Gov. Enrico Corvera, NAPC Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban, Dr. Celia M. Reyes - PEP Co-Director and CBMS Network Leader, and Atty. Paquito Ato who represnted Cong. Jose S. Aquino II of the 1st Congressional District of Agusan del Norte. (Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA-Caraga)

Agusan Norte’s lone city, 3 municipalities to vie for CBMS-UNDP development grant program

by: Robert E. Roperos
PIA-Caraga

BUTUAN CITY (October 23) – Agusan del Norte’s lone city, the city of Cabadbaran and three of its municipalities vie for development grant program of the Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

During the presentation of provincial, city and municipal CBMS results held today in one of the local convention centers here, the respective Planning and Development Council heads of the city of Cabadbaran and the municipalities of Carmen, Las Nieves and Magallanes presented their results to National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Domingo Panganiban and Dr. Celia Reyes, PEP Co-Director and CBMS Network Leader.

Based on the presentation, one problem that is common to the four local government units is in health and sanitation that includes high child mortality rate, and deaths of women during the stage of pregnancy. For sanitation, however, the lack of toilets among the residents of the said areas posted highest rate, as well as the lack of potable water supply.

When asked by the local media in a press conference conducted after the presentation if the program’s objective is achievable, Sec. Panganiban said that he is optimistic and gives assurance that the program’s main concern specifically poverty reduction in the country will be achieved which is also a priority concern of the national government.

Sec. Panganiban also said that in Caraga Region, the province of Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur have also undergone with the same activity and hopefully, Surigao del Norte will follow. “After here in your province, same activity will be conducted in the province of Zamboanga del Sur”, he said.

Meanwhile, Juan Paulo Fajardo of he CBMS Network Team, in an informal talk with PIA said that although Agusan del Norte will still undergo the tedious selection by the screening committee composed of NAPC, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), UNDP and PEP-CBMS, “Agusan del Norte has an edge over other cities and municipalities who also applied for this program” considering that the province has already started the process based on the general guidelines.

The CBMS-UNDP Development Grant Program is an initiative by the PEP-CBMS Network Coordinating Team of the Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies of the De La Salle University in collaboration with UNDP to reduce poverty and enhance economic and social development in the country in a sustainable manner.

The program also aims to promote good governance and greater transparency in resource allocation through evidence-based needs identification, program design and impact monitoring. It also supports LGUs in implementing programs and interventions that will address specific development needs identified through CBMS.

The province of Agusan del Norte is chosen by NAPC as one of the CBMS sites in the country.

Among those present is Agusan del Norte Vice Governor Enrico Corvera who represented Gov. Erlpe John Amante who was not able to attend because of the sudden death of his mother, former Cabadbaran Mayor Rosario M. Amante.

Also in attendance are City Mayor Dale Corvera, current Mayor of Cabadbaran; Mayor Jesus Calo of Carmen; Mayor Reinario Rosales of Las Nieves; Mayor Glicerio Monton of Jabonga; and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Sadeka Tomaneng and Venerando Atupan.