To continuously monitor and ensure that all completed Locally-Funded Projects in the Province of Zambales are still operational and functional, DILG Zambales, in coordination with the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the province, conducted the Rapid Subproject Sustainability Assessment (RSSA) on March 3-12, 2020. Among the municipalities assessed were Botolan, Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, and Sta. Cruz.

RSSA aims to ensure that the projects funded by the National Government were provided with proper maintenance and sustainability plan to further maximize its intended purpose and continuously assist the LGUs in the delivery of basic services to its constituents.

The Municipality of Botolan expressed their gratitude to the National Government for the implementation of the DILG Programs that caters the needs of the LGUs from infrastructure projects to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)-related projects. Through the Assistance to Municipalities (AM) Programs of the Department, LGU Botolan procured two (2) DRR Rescue Vehicle which greatly assisted the Municipality in carrying out prompt response to disaster-related incidents. Likewise, thru the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program, core local access road improvements/upgrading in Sitio Bihawo, Brgy. Mambog and Brgy. San Juan improved the mobility of the residents while Potable Water Supply in Brgy. Maguisguis, Brgy. Palis, Brgy. Moraza and Brgy. Nacolcol have provided safe potable water supply in the said localities.

LGU-Candelaria, awarded as one of the Best Regional Implementor of FY 2018 AM Program last December 2019, showcased their resourcefulness in maximizing the functionality of the Evacuation Facility, a project under FY 2017 Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities (ADM) Program, by proposing structural improvisation on its roof deck to maximize space and serve as a function hall. LGU continuously improve their emergency preparedness by regularly maintaining the said facility in order to cater the needs of their people in times of unwanted catastrophe/s.

DILG Zambales lauds LGUs who took initiatives to provide interventions and improvements on their completed projects. Further, LGUs with subprojects generally in fair to good conditions were encouraged to continuously intensify its efforts to maintain and keep track the functionality of the completed projects.

The DILG Zambales through Rapid Subproject Sustainability Assessment will continue to closely monitor and help all LGUs in the province in keeping a sustainable, functional and operational Locally-Funded Projects to provide quality services to the people.

By: Engr. Sally Amor G. Angeles