ILOILO – The provincial government of Iloilo has provided the municipality of Concepcion P1.9-million on Tuesday as counterpart fund to implement 17 priority projects in 13 villages in the coastal town.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. turned over the cheque to Concepcion’s Association of Barangay Captain President Delfin Gregorio of Barangay Macatunao in a ceremony held at his office.
“We are grateful for Governor Art for approving our request for financial assistance since the barangays cannot afford to come up with the required counterpart fund,” said Gregorio.
The counterpart fund will be used for the construction of solar street lights worth P100,000 in Brgys. Botlog, Igbon, Jamul-awon, Salvacion, Poblacion, Batiti, Malangabang, Macalbang, and Maliog-liog.
It will also build classroom buildings complete with amenities for the public elementary school in Brgy. Dungon, Tamis-ac, Bacjawan Sur, and Agnaga. It will also be used for the construction of day care center in Brgy. Bagongon and home economics building in Brgy. Nino.
Defensor also released on Tuesday the cheque amounting to P100,000 for the enhancement of Roberto H. Tirol High School’s Teen Zone in Brgy. Bacjawan Sur.
Teen Center Coordinator Catherine Beñeras said the financial aid from the provincial government will be used to purchase additional sports equipment, musical instruments (e.g. guitar) and educational materials.
“This help will go a long way. This teen center has been a sanctuary of our students where they can do meaningful things during their free time away from the influence of risky activities,” Beñeras said.
The financial assistance for Concepcion was charged against the governor’s budget for subsidy to local government unit pursuant to DBM’s Local Budget Circular No. 94.