The Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID) recently approved the 4-year poverty alleviation project for the local government unit of San Jose under the administration of Mayor Antonio B. Chavez. This was announced by Engr. Jose Chito Milante, the Municipal Planning and Development Officer during the KALAHI-CIDDS NCDDP San Jose Municipal Consultation conducted last November 17, 2014 at the Port Alfred Hotel & Resort in Talisay, Dolo, San Jose, Camarines Sur.
In an interview, Engr. Milante averred that the AECID has qualified three municipal towns in Partido Area: Lagonoy, Tigaon, and San Jose. He said that this Spanish agency primarily qualified these towns based on the following intervention areas which include Governance, Livelihood, Health, and Disaster Risk Reduction. There are five barangays in San Jose that were assessed as disaster prone areas, namely: Sabang, Dolo, Manzana, Telegrafo and Tagas which were all classified as coastal barangays that are most severely affected by the recent visits of typhoons.
He assuredly said that the poverty alleviation project will start early in January 2015 after a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is signed between AECID and LGU-San Jose. At present, the required documents necessary in the pursuit of the project are being prepared which include the Statement of Support from the Barangay Councils concerned and the passing of resolutions from the Sangguniang Bayan authorizing the LGU executive to sign the MOA.
Engr. Milante also said that Mr. Emmanuel S. Abanes is the AECID focal person who is presently undertaking the baseline studies to assist the LGU-San Jose towards the pursuit of the said project.