Governor Corazon Malanyaon is strongly pushing for a new budget that will enable her to sustain the gains of her administration and vowed to implement highly innovative measures that would effectively address the province’s pressing problems on poverty, environment degradation, lack of infrastructures, security and governance for the Annual Investment Program for the fiscal year 2011.
Malanyaon recently convened the Provincial Development Council (PDC), the highest planning body of the province, to present the 2011 Annual Investment Program.
During the PDC meeting held at the provincial government-run Menzi Tourism Complex in the capital town of Mati, the governor said as an operational plan that will translate the thrusts and priorities of the province, the 2011 Annual Investment Program “will ensure that the identified programs, projects and activities are in response to priority obligations and equally important concerns and demands. All these translate to an effective and efficient delivery of basic services and the promotion of a flourishing economy.”
As mandated by law, the Annual Investment Program is to be presented and approved by the Provincial Development Council before it is to be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan or the provincial board for confirmation.
Among the regular members of the Provincial Development Council are the 11 municipal mayors of the province, the governor, the two congressional representatives and a number of representatives from Civil Society Organizations operating in the province.
The Annual Investment Program is a prerequisite for the utilization of the Local Government Development Fund which, under the law, should comprise at least 20 percent of the province’s Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA share from the national government.
Davao Oriental’s 2011 Annual Investment Program is worth P204.6 million which will then be distributed to three different sectors: general public services, social services, and the economic services.
The general public services sector is allotted P101.2 million, while the sectors on social services and economic services are being appropriated with P42.8 million and P60.5 million budget, respectively.
“I am confident that with the best of our intentions, this planning document will greatly benefit our people in terms of taking active roles in realizing our common goals. Given the opportunity to play their part, they become the principal stewards of their own development,” Malanyaon said.
The governor has identified five pressing problems in the province that needs to be addressed with much focus and attention. These are poverty, degradation of the environment, lack of infrastructures, security and governance.
On poverty, the governor aims to reduce poverty incidence in the province to 25 percent and increase employment opportunities in agriculture, fisheries, plantation forestry and tourism. She also vows to expand food production and productivity in agribusiness.
“Everyone of us has the capacity to create new wealth from what God has given us in great abundance like water from our rivers and streams and vast tract of lands,” said Malanyaon as she aggressively pushes her anti-poverty Pagkain at Kita and Agri-Business Development Programs.
Among the components of her Pagkain at Kita Program are livestock and poultry enterprise development, fishery livelihood enhancement, coconut inter-cropping development, upland farming development, technology and livelihood and cooperative development and the Rural Entrepreneurship Advocacy towards Change or REACH program.