Caminero said the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” in the 2014 national budget does not mean zero assistance to the constituents.
On the contrary, they will get more as every aspect of their needs is addressed under current budgetary allocation.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III also announced the distribution of P100 thousand as financial assistance to each barangay.
The governor emphasized that he will prioritize requests related to disaster preparedness. For the socio-cultural activities, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale has taken charge of its distribution.
The productivity incentives of the barangay health workers, tanods, and barangay animal health aides will be released this February.
For those barangay officials, who are not yet Philhealth members, they will be insured. Davide said they have already discussed it with Provincial Board Member Peter John Calderon, who chairs the committee on health.
For the national government, Caminero assured the barangay captains that their basic needs would be addressed by the government agency concerned. The projects and programs he mentioned include the farm to market road, medical assistance, and scholarship programs.
Calderon explained that the scholarship program will be implemented according to the guidelines set by the Commission on Higher Education.
Called the barangay scholarship program, the barangay captain is given the prerogative to endorse a possible candidate for the program every year.
The beneficiaries will study at the Cebu Technological University. For the first year of its implementation, each barangay captain will endorse one student per year level. In the succeeding years, only one student is allowed to be admitted for the program.
“So, every year there is a college graduate from your barangay,” Calderon said. Xerxes Alkuino