THE Duterte administration has earmarked almost P59 billion to projects under the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and other areas affected by armed conflict in Mindanao such as Regions 9, 10 and 12, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority 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 Guiling Mamondiong.
The Tesda chief said that 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.
For the Department of Social Welfare and Development, 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.