CABARROGUIS, Quirino, July 31 (PIA)-- Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) National President and Quirino Governor Dax Cua announced that the ULAP in coordination with the Land bank of the Philippines launched virtually the Restoration and Invigoration package for Self-sufficiency of the Economy/ towards local/regional UPgrowth for Local Government Units or RISE UP LGUs.
Cua said RISE UP LGUs gives LGUs access to an economic stimulus loan program that aims to provide LGUs with the financial resources necessary to fund LGU-led local economic development programs that intend to provide economic opportunities for Filipinos in the provinces amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
"This loan program be provided by the Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) is an economic stimulus loan facility that will help LGUs improve their capacity to provide basic services for their constituents as they respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," Cua said.
Aside from helping spur economic activity in the provinces, Cua said the loan facility can also assist LGUs to cope with the demands of the "new normal," such as the adoption of alternative modes of education in light of the government directives that have put on hold face-to-face classes.
Cua also said that LGUs will have to work with the Department of Education to ensure that students in their jurisdiction continue their education.
"Some of these alternative modes will require investments in information communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to facilitate online learning," Cua added.
Furthermore, the governor said the LGUs also need funds to ensure that the printed modules to be used in modular approach of learning will be distributed to the learners.
"While the majority of COVID-19 cases are in Metro Manila and other urban centers, this pandemic has affected the whole country, especially LGUs that are dependent on industries like tourism," Cua said.
Cua has urged the LGUs to use the loan facility to fund e-governance initiatives that will make their LGUs more accessible online.
"As the President said in his State of the Nation Address (SONA), we have to improve our services so that our constituents need not have to physically fall in line. We have to adapt with the times and maximize the technologies available to us, especially if we want to make it easier for our constituents to do business in our localities," Cua stressed. (MDCT/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)