What is CMGP? How can it pave the way for local development?
National and local road networks are the largest and most important infrastructure assets of the any Government. When the local roads are inadequate, National Government must step in to help upgrade, repair and rehabilitate these vital links that serve as the primary drivers of tourism and local economic growth required to support economic and social development. Sec. 17 (f) of the 1991 LGCode thus provides a window for our national government to augment capacities and resources for underprovided devolved services of LGUs, most specially for roads.
The CMGP, or Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces is a novel partnership program between the DILG and DBM for provincial governments beginning FY 2017 to partly address the seemingly poor state of provincial roads across the country and to improve the capacity of provinces in local road management (LRM), incorporating reforms in public financial management (PFM).
The Provinces are excellent entry points to effectively supervise the local road networks within its component cities, municipalities and barangays to ensure an integrated Provincial Road Network Development Plan (PRNDP).
It is an enhanced version of the ‘KALSADA’ Program which was initiated in 2016 as a result of the successful completion of the Australian Aid’s Provincial Road Management Facility which was piloted in 10 selected provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao. From an initial budget of P6.5 Billion in 2016 for KALSADA, covering 207 road projects, thanks to Sec. Diokno, DBM increased the CMGP allocation to P18.03 Billion in 2017 to fund 330 road projects under the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) component in the 2017 GAA.
The League of Provinces passed a Resolution strongly endorsing the DILG proposal for a P35.826B CMGP Fund in the 2018 LGSF Budget to include the P9.464 Billion road projects for 93 Cities.
(To be continued…)
(See this link for the full copy of the DILG-DBM Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2017-2 on the CMGP 2017 Guidelines)