Background of the Study
The Municipality of Bayambang is a first class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the latest census, year 2011 it has a population of 103,145 people in 17,897 households. It is composed of seventy seven (77) barangays. The town is now headed by Honorable Engr. Ricardo M. Camacho who has been elected as Municipal Mayor. Bayambang is a historic town. It stands with enduring pride as the first town in Pangasinan to experience disastrous and terrifying events that occurred in the province. This made Bayambang the educational show window of the Philippines in the Far East as waves of educational dignitaries from all over the country as well as from other countries come to town to attend educational workshops and seminars. (http://www.municipalityofbayambang.gov.ph) The importance of local government as the actual site of the development process is being recognized thru the performance evaluation of the constituents of a certain locality. This can work successfully in local government where they are supposed to distribute equitably the resources of the nation by enabling the people at the grassroots to improve their quality of life and by propelling the local economy to reach higher level of growth. In order to work successfully with the framework of good governance, they must consider the impact given by the constituents about the implementation of such development projects. 1
In 1991, R.A 7160 otherwise known as the Local Government Code was enacted by the Congress of the Philippines. The promulgation of the Code was actually in accordance with the 1987 Constitution Article X, Section 2 which declares that “the territorial and political subdivision shall enjoy the local autonomy.” It was towards operationalizing this policy that the Constitution mandated the Congress legislate a local government that would devalue substantial political and administrative authorities to local government units long held hostage by the central authorities. Thus, the promulgation of the Local Government Code in 1991 was most welcomed by majority sectors of the society. It finally transferred the responsibility for the delivery of the basic services to the local government units including appropriate personnel, assets, equipment, program and project. (Carińo, 1991) Designing projects that provide sustainable benefits has long been a primary concern with the local government units (LGU’s). While sustainability has been on its agenda for some time, there remain significant obstacles to designing and implementing projects that are sustainable in all aspects. One of the challenges being faced by LGU’s today is the need to secure financial resources to fuel the implementation of development programs and projects in their localities. Evidently, LGU’s cannot rely on their respective internal allotment alone, which is found insufficient to fund varying development concerns of all LGU. It is in this context that the researchers became interested to know the different local development projects implemented under the current administration.
Statement of the Problem
This study aims to determine the implementation of the different local development projects in the Municipality of Bayambang during the calendar year 2010. Specifically, it aims to answer the following questions: 1. What is the profile of the respondents in terms of: a. age;
c. civil status; and
d. educational attainment?
2. What is the level of implementation of the different local development projects in the Municipality of Bayambang along: a. social services;
b. economic services; and
c. environmental services;
3. What are the benefits derived by the constituents of Bayambang from the implementation of the different local development projects?
Scope and Delimitation
This study will...