The Millineum Challenge Corporation, an American Advertising Agency, granted a 5.4M contract to the municipal government of Looc to be allocated for projects and further beautification of four barangays in the said municipality.
The barangays include Balatucan, Tuguis, Manhac, and Pili. The barangays proposed for health centers, water system, and the development of the farm-to-market roads.
As MCC approved such grant, the local government also gave an P810,000 contribution for the said projects.
Also, an earlier program was initiated to 12 barangays of the municipality called the Municipal Inter-Barangay Forum-Participatory Resource Allocation (MIBF-PRA), under the Kalahi-CIDSS program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
A mini-gallery composed of the barangay’s sub-project proposal with pictures were displayed in this program.
The MIBF is a strategy for community empowerment through localized decision-making. It is a venue for the Barangay Representation Teams (BRTs), who are volunteers of KALAHI-CIDSS, to present their sub-project proposals and choose which among the community projects will be prioritized. The forum participants will choose what they think is the most viable and feasible based on the criteria set by the KALAHI-CIDSS volunteers themselves.
MCC Washington Associate Director from the Department of Compact Operations Michelle Inkley said she was thrilled to know what sub-projects the barangays have proposed.
Meanwhile, Ernesto Panes, the Acting Mayor, said that he was honored that the guests graced the event. “Malaki ang pasasalamat namin dahil bahagi kami ng Kalahi-CIDSS. Napakalaking tulong ito sa amin dito sa Looc.” (We are truly grateful for being part of Kalahi-CIDSS, this is truly a big help here in Looc).