As a follow-through activity under the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) Program, the Department of the Interior and Local Government Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Office, in partnership with the Provincial Planning and Development Office of Nueva Vizcaya, conducted a three-week training on Local Road Network and Development Planning.

 

The Local Road Network Development Plan (LRNDP), an integrated five-year development plan for the sustainable development and maintenance of local road networks, is one of the Governance Reform Targets under the CMGP Program. It supports the efforts of provincial governments to improve local competitiveness through adequate and well-maintained roads infrastructure and better roads connectivity in order to ease movement of people and goods, and spur local economic development.

Attended by Local Chief Executives, Municipal Engineers, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, GIS staff and operators, and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers from the fifteen municipalities, the said workshop was held within the stretch of the month of November at Baguio City. This activity aimed to gather the stakeholders in the preparation and formulation of the Local Road Network Development Plan of the Province for FY 2018-2022. Consequently, participants are expected to develop and submit the Core Road Map of their respective municipalities together with the identified list of local road projects that will be funded under the CMGP Program, and come-up with Local Road Improvement Plan through the Local Road Assessment tools.

Critical on the formulation of the Road Map, much of the discussion focused on the different like Road Network Development Strategies, LRNDP Framework: Development Issues, Investment Programs, Value Chain Analysis in the identification of PPAs, GIS Analysis, and Monitoring and Evaluation Process, that were presented by Engineer Edgardo Sabado and Engineer Albert Eugenio form the Provincial Planning Office. After the lecture, series of workshop, such as Image Interpretation using UMP Data, Local Road Management Assessment and Geographic Information System, ensued.

In order to guide the training and to set the expected deliverables, an expert from the Office of Project Development and Services of DILG Central Office was invited in the person of Daisy U. Salacup, Development Management Officer III. During the first day, she presented the importance of LRNDP by giving emphasis on the benefits to be derived by the different LGUs. Also, she gave a brief discussion on the salient provisions of the CMGP Program.

Provincial Director of DILG-Nueva Vizcaya, during his message highlighted the importance of the training “as a joint effort of all the Municipalities since these are the direct beneficiaries of the program.” He encouraged everyone to give their best shot in the name of public service and for their beloved Nueva Vizcaya.

LGOO II Jayson R. Fajardo

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