Governor Khalid Dimaporo (center) and Australian Counsellor Geoff King are greeted by the children of Brgy. San Isidro Upper in Lala Town during the hand-over ceremony for the recently rehabilitated Magpatao-San isidro-Upper Baroy provincial roads.
Tubod, Lanao del Norte – The Australian Government formally handed over to the province of Lanao Del Norte equipment, software and vehicles used for the rehabilitation of roads in the province, bringing Australian road works investments in Lanao del Norte to a total of Php72.46 million, including capacity development and actual physical works.
The handover included the Magpatao-San isidro- Upper Baroy and Baroy-Sta Cruz-Salong Roads which were recently rehabilitated provincial roads. A simple handover ceremony was held on-site on November 11, 2015.
“I’d like to extend my gratitude to everybody that helped us in this PRMF journey. It was not easy to see that the outcomes envisioned when we started the program were reached. As for the province of Lanao del Norte, we believe we’ve reached that. What was promised to us has been delivered until the end of the program” said Lanao Del Norte Governor Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo in an interview.
The Australian assistance was made possible through the Provincial Road Management Facility (PRMF), a six-year (2009-2015), AUD 81 million-development cooperation initiative between the Governments of the Philippines and Australia.
Through PRMF, the physical works investment of Php46.44 Million funded a total of 29.78 kms of road rehabilitation. The Australian investment included more than Php26.022 million in capacity development that focused on improving provincial government systems and a range of governance reforms. The Philippine Australian Human Resources and Organizational Development Facility (PAHRODF), another Australian funded program, also provided assistance. The Province contributed Php7.2 Million counterpart funding for these undertakings.
The PRMF, in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), helps provincial governments improve their systems and initiate reforms that will enhance capabilities in road management and maintenance over time. Seven provinces in Mindanao and three in the Visayas are benefiting from the facility. Lanao Del Norte entered the program in 2012.
Although Lanao Del Norte has only been in the program for three years, it quickly implemented improvements. These included immediate restructuring of the Provincial Engineering Office, institutionalization of Internal Audit Office departmentalization of the Human Resource Management (HR) Office, which led to the implementation of a Succession Planning, processing of mass promotion of employees, HR implementation of a competency based hiring process, and currently, the implementation of ETRACS, a computer-based tax revenue management system.
The PRMF also has been working with the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), the DILG, and the Department of Budget Management (DBM), to encourage implementation of a national program to fund Local Road Management (LRM). The LPP proposal, called KALSADA, initially will provide a Php6.5 billion performance-based budget that has been included in the 2016 National Expenditure Plan (NEP). This already has passed Congress and is currently awaiting approval by the Senate. The NEP also has provided the DILG with Php74 million for capacity building in support of KALSADA implementation in 2016. PRMF-LDN