LAOAG CITY – Governor Imee R. Marcos turned over computers and other equipment to the municipalities of Piddig and San Nicolas to kick off the implementation of the Revenue Generation and Land Administration Reforms (REGALA) Project at the Ilocos Norte Capitol last August 31.
Mayor Alfredo Valdez, Jr. of San Nicolas and Mayor Eddie Guillen of Piddig received the computers and other equipment as benepiciaries of the said project.
Last January 17, Gov. Marcos, REGALA Project Director Ian David Lloyd, Atty. Salvador Del Castillo, OIC-Executive Director of Department of Finance – Bureau of Local Government Finance, and the two town mayors were signatories to the Tripartite Grant Agreement which committed the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction through the Asian Development Bank to grant the Ilocos Norte provincial government with funds needed for the purchase of equipment and training of personnel for the REGALA project.
Other agencies involved in the project are the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Land Registration Authority and the Department of Agrarian Reform.
The provincial government of Ilocos Norte is the first in the country to be selected for the implementation of the REGALA project with San Nicolas and Piddig as pilot test areas.
The project will expedite transactions regarding real properties in the province, including systematic titling process, synchronization of data on land proprietorship through computerization, and faster collection of real property taxes, all of which to speed up inter-agency collaboration. It is expected to contribute to an increase in revenue collection by up to 50% which will result to poverty reduction.
More or less P3.2 million (about P 1.6 million to each of the pilot sites) is alloted for the pilot testing of the project.
The success of the two municipalities will signal the implementation of the REGALA project to all municipalities in the province. (With report from Grazielle Mae A. Sales, CMO-PGIN)