MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- From 2012 until this year 2021, various infrastructure projects in 18 towns, one city, and the provincial government unit implemented by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reached the total amount of P1,716,037,395.46.

This was reported by two ranking staff of the provincial DILG office, Engr. Wilson Lim and Engr. Brian Javier, who are tasked in carrying out these projects, in a recent interview.

In this 10-year period, some 269 projects have been completed under various changing names and programs, the infra projects consisting mostly of local access roads, potable water, and those related to disaster response.

It all started with bottoms up budgeting or BUB, which was changed to assistance to disadvantaged municipalities (ADM), and was simplified later into assistance to municipalities (AM).

Other funding sources for LGUs included performance challenge fund, especially for those who passed the seal of good local governance (SGLG), and this year, the latest label was financial assistance to local government units (FALGU), the two engineers shared.

Provincial LGUs have a separate funding window called conditional matching grant for provinces (CMGP), in which the province also got a sizeable slice of over P 100,00,000.

Regarding those funded under FALGU, there are five projects, two in Padre Burgos -- construction of multi-purpose building in barangays Sta. Sofia and Laca -- and four in the city, the funds already downloaded for a total amount of P 21,100,000.

For Maasin City, FALGU projects included the purchase of one truck, P1.7 million; construction of barangay road in barangay Combado, P5 million, purchase of a dump truck, P5 million; and installation of street lighting in barangays Rizal, Lunas, Dongon, Ibarra, and Guadalupe, P3.8 million.

Other LGUs had also submitted project proposals and these will start upon downloading of their respective FALGU funds, Engr. Javier said. (NBQ/MMP/PIA 8-Southern Leyte)