Another batch of provinces visited Davao del Norte to learn about its Community-Based Road Maintenance Contracting (CBRMC) program, earning praises from the delegations during the three-day training and site-visit last March 27-29, 2019.
After winning as one of the Top 10 Most Outstanding programs of the country during the Galing Pook Awards 2017, many local government units have showed interest in replicating the program. The Conditional Matching Grant (CMGP) to Provinces for Road Repair, Rehabilitation and Improvement is currently advocating the program as one of the possible ways to encourage community participation in road maintenance.
“Maganda siya (CBRMC) para sa akin kasi na i-involve yung community. Dahil sa i-niinvolve yung community nagkakaroon din ng labor para sa mamamayan” Ron Lowell Daproza from Occidental Mindoro said.
Aside from being a labor generating program, another selling point of program for other LGU’s is how it strengthens the sense of participation of community members.
“Magiging effective siya kasi hindi lang siya magbibigay nang labor sa mga tao, sa community na malapit sa isang project kundi yung mismong community ay nagkakaroon nga sense of responsibility”, he added.
Many of the visiting LGUs hope to replicate the program in their own provinces.
“Sana positive”, Eden Cacanindin of Quirino Province said about the possible replication of CBRMC in their LGU.
CBRMC is a road maintenance program that calls for the participation and involvement of the community in the maintenance of provincial roads within the bounds of government procurement. Under the program, community organizations are contracted by the provincial government to manually maintain provincial roads.
“Gi-adto ta sa ubang probinsya tungod kay nakita nila nga maayo kahinatnan sa project” said Edgar Cocoy, Chairman of San Vicente Irrigator’s Association one of the active Community-Based Service Providers (CBSP’s) of DavNor CBRMC.
He added that the program has positively impacted their community. “Tungod kay ang essence of ownership is direct sa mga receipt, dili na lang tang maghangad-hangad sa probinsya sa gobyerno ”, he said.
The said training is part of CMGP’s aid to provinces in the achievement of their respective target situations in the Provincial Governance Reform Roadmap (PGRR).
The Department of Interior and Local Government thru the Office of the Project Development Services (OPDS)- Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) for Road Repair, Rehabilitation, and Improvement Program Project Management Office (PMO) in partnership with the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte will conduct the same training to 25 more provinces in the coming months.