Duterte Administration earmarks P59 Billion for Comprehensive Reform and Devt' Agenda

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MANILA - The Duterte administration has earmarked almost P59 billion to projects under the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda (CRDA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other areas affected by armed conflict in Mindanao such as Regions 9, 10 and 12, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said on Saturday.

The CRDA aims to uplift the lives of Filipinos and ease poverty in Mindanao. It includes projects and programs that will provide business opportunities to encourage more economic activities and pump prime growth in the region.

"Providing the basic needs, infrastructure improvement and economic development are among the priorities of our agency," noted TESDA Director General C.

The TESDA chief said he was tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to coordinate with other agencies in solving poverty in the South.

The projects of the CRDA include the Salintubig Program, Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB), Water Supply and Community Infrastructure, and the Roads and Bridges of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

For the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the projects allotted for are the Reducing Vulnerability of Children from Hunger and Malnutrition in ARMM; Cash for Work for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program; Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens; Supplemental Feeding Program; and, Sustainable Livelihood Program.

TESDA said the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) would set aside a scholarship fund under the 2017 Expanded Students Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) for 8,982 students from ARMM (3,473 slots); Region 9 (2,078 slots); Region 10 (2,018 slots); and Region 12 (1,413 slots).

TESDA will also be given funds for its Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) for residents who want to avail of skills training.

Mamondiong said some 30,000 scholars in Region 9; 45,000 in Region 10; 30,000 in Region 12; and 60,000 in ARMM would be given financial assistance under PESFA .

The Department of Agriculture, on the other hand, will provide farm equipment/machinery, rice and corn seedlings to farmer-beneficiaries.

Sources: interaksyon.com

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