Today, January 11, 2023, MINCODE presented to DILG-Region IX the results of the Third Party Monitoring (TPM) of the Support to Barangay Development Program FY 2021 at DILG Region IX Office in Pagadian City. 

Through Executive Order No. 70 series 2018, former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recognized the need to reframe and refocus government policy to address insurgency in the Philippines and directing the adoption of a national peace framework. Through EO 70, the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP) was initiated as a national priority program to provide infrastructure and social services to 822 barangays that were cleared from insurgency. Each barangay was allocated with an amount not exceeding 20 million pesos to be used for the following projects:

  1. Farm to Market Roads
  2. School Buildings
  3. Water and Sanitation System
  4. Health Stations
  5. Rural Electrification
  6. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Related Projects
  7. Housing
  8. COVID-19 and other Health Related Projects
  9. Agricultural, Livelihood and Technical-Vocational Projects
  10. Assistance to Indigent Individuals or Families

In Region IX, there are a total of 86 projects for SBDP FY 2021.

Under the Special Provision No. 4 on Monitoring and Evaluation of Assistance to Local Government Units of the SBDP for the FY2021 General Appropriations Act, a portion of the budget shall be used for Third Party Monitoring (TPM) to be conducted by an accredited non-government entity.

In October 2022, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office XI signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE) to serve as Third Party Monitoring Team of SBDP FY 2021 Projects in Region IX. Pursuant to this MOA and as agreed with DILG IX in earlier discussions, MINCODE worked with its member Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC) in monitoring a total of 44 projects in Region IX, covering 51% of total projects in the region. The MINCODE TPM Region 9 Team used ODK KoBo Toolbox for data gathering and analysis. 

A total of 135 community members (84 male, 51 female) were interviewed across Zamboanga Region, including citizens/residents/beneficiaries and barangay LGU officials. There was a strong sense of participation in the identification of the SBDP projects with 73% of respondents saying that they were involved or consulted in the identification, conceptualization, and development of the SBDP projects. A resounding 79% of respondents are aware that the projects are under SBDP, a flagship program of the government which seeks to end local communist armed conflict by improving the quality of life in affected communities. The projects apparently respond to the needs of the community as most of these projects are basic services and have been needed for the longest time. A resounding 78% of community respondents also claim that the projects have significantly contributed to community peacebuilding and development.

“Ang mga farmers dili na maglisod pagdeliver sa ilang mga produkto.”

“Una, sayon na ang pag monitor sa mga residente. Ikaduha, dili na maglukdo ang mga tawo sa ilang mga produckto. Ikatulo, og naay emergency, dili na maglisod og dala padulong sa ospital. Ikaapat, ang mga mag-uuma nga taga-centro dali ram aka-access sa ilang umahan gumikan kay pwede na sila makapalit og motor o service.”

“Ang mga maestra makalahos na, dili na ma-stranded. Sa una maglukdo pa apan karon bentaha na lang luag na ang agianan.”

“Wala nay mga sugarol kayo ug talagsa na lang ang mahubog kay naa naman sila sideline.”

“Nadasig kami nga modako ang among kabataan nga dili ma-ignorante sa mga pasilidad ug maka-halubilo sila og mga bag-ong mga tawo ug makasinati sila sa bag-ong teknolohiya.”

“Wala nay magrebelde kay sakto nag serbisyo sa gobyerno.”

“Nagpasalamaton kami nga natuman na jud among gipanagndoy. Daghan salamat.” “Basta ipadayon ang kalambuan.” “Salamat kaayo.”

For inquiries and copy of the full report, please contact the MINCODE Secretariat.