The Provincial Government's initiated programs, such as the Pagkain at Kita and Agri-Business Development Program, have resulted to positive impacts which can be translated into a considerable drop in the poverty incidence from 47.6% in 2009 to 27 in 2015.

The Provincial Government’s initiated programs, such as the Pagkain at Kita and Agri-Business Development Program, have resulted to positive impacts which can be translated into a considerable drop in the poverty incidence from 47.6% in 2009 to 27 in 2015.

City of Mati, Davao Oriental — Outgoing Governor Corazon Malanyaon has pointed to her legacy of good governance as the main driver for the attainment of the record high reduction of poverty incidence in Davao Oriental.

According to data released recently by the Philippine Statistics Authority in region eleven covering a seven-year period, the province of Davao Oriental has posted a record high reduction of poverty incidence in Southern Mindanao. From 47.6 percent in the first semester of 2009, poverty incidence among families in Davao Oriental was significantly reduced to 27 percent for first semester of 2015, a huge 21 percent reduction compared to those posted by its neighboring provinces in the Davao Region. Davao del Norte has a poverty reduction of 3.3 percent; Davao del Sur, 6.9 percent; and Compostela Valley Province, 7.1 percent. The latest official data on poverty statistics showed a complete reversal of fortune for Davao Oriental as the province had been known for quite a long time as the perennial economic laggard in the Davao Region that hosted a highest number of people living in extreme poverty.

When Governor Malanyaon assumed office in 2007, the province had been beleaguered by massive problems like poverty and insurgency that have slowed down economic and social progress to the detriment of its people.

Governor Malanyaon has firmly put in place significant reforms in the provincial government bureaucracy that restored the public’s trust in the local government and it has created a climate of confidence and optimism. The reforms allowed her to intensify efforts to empower the poor and marginalized, promoting equitable access to affordable and quality health care and enhancing the people’s access to decent and quality work.

On food sufficiency, from 2007 to 2014, agricultural production in the province like rice, corn, vegetables and fisheries have all jumped up to significant levels as the provincial government have intensified its flagship Pagkain at Kita Program.

The Department of Agriculture has just awarded the province as the country’s new top producer of good quality rice of different varieties that includes the famous Banaybanay Rice commonly known as 7-tonner rice. It is also the biggest producer of hybrid rice seeds in the Philippines. 238,680 hectares in the province are agricultural areas. Its rice production areas now reached at least 15,000 hectares with an average production per hectare of 4.53 metric tons. The Capitol’s Food Intensification Program has increased the province’s rice sufficiency from 44 percent in 2007 to 100 percent in 2015. The just finished P289 million Cateel Irrigation Project, which is the largest irrigation project in Mindanao, is a big boost to rice production in the province serving an additional 2,000-hectare rice fields in the town of Cateel.

The province is also being awarded for posting the lowest malnutrition rate in Southern Mindanao. From 17 percent in 2007, malnutrition rate in the province was significantly reduced to 4.5 percent in 2015, the lowest in reduction rate in the Davao Region. Under her watch, Governor Malanyaon built a new world-class Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, including the hospital’s Out-patient Department Complex. Just recently, she has opened the first ever Dialysis Center in the province. From 279 in 2007, there are now 732 personnel in the Capitol-run provincial hospital. The governor constructed 194 Barangay Health Stations and rehabilitated all of the province’s four District Hospitals. Her free health insurance program has already benefited a total of 21,361 poor families in the province. The Department of Health has awarded the province as an Outstanding in Public Health for its exemplary health programs.

“While we traveled far on the right path these past years and end my term with the province now better than we found it, leaving behind reforms that shall sustain the gains of good governance, we recognize that we have only set the wheels of inclusive growth in motion. I hope that to truly cement a better future for generations to come, the people continue to demand nothing less but genuine public service from our leaders who shall continue our legacy of good governance,” says Gov. Malanyaon. By Ferdinand Zuasola


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