DAVAO ORIENTAL’s 2017 ANNUAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM OKAYED

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang presides over the Provincial Development Council Meeting held st Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang presides over the Provincial Development Council Meeting held st Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati.

City of Mati, Davao Oriental — Newly installed Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang has recently convened the Provincial Development Council to present his administration’s Annual Investment Program for 2017.

Members of the Provincial Development Council, which are composed of city and town mayors and the heads of key provincial government offices, have unanimously approved the governor’s 2017 Annual Investment Program.

 “As this is my first time as chairperson of the Provincial Development Council, I am honored to welcome you all to this meeting, as we come together to discuss, consult, make decisions and settle matters in the performance of our mandate to deliberate, approve and eventually adopt the 2017 Annual Investment Program funded under the twenty percent Local Government Development Fund or LGDF. Consistently, in order to sustain the PPAs or programs, projects and activities of the previous administration that are funded under the LGDF, the same PPAs shall continue to be supportive of our five-point Development Agenda of defeating poverty, safeguarding the environment; expanding access to infrastructure, utilities and social services; sustaining public order and security; and strengthening effective governance,” Governor Dayanghirang told members of the Provincial Development Council.

Members of the Provincial Development Council convened to discuss, consult and approve Davao Oriental's Annual Investment Program for 2017.

Members of the Provincial Development Council convened to discuss, consult and approve Davao Oriental’s Annual Investment Program for 2017.

“The importance of having an investment plan especially in our local government unit cannot be overemphasized. This is because, basically, in the overall developmental planning, the AIP ensures that funds are placed in proper investment vehicles. Simply put, it is investing money to make more money. Our 2017 AIP is supposedly a slice from the 2017 component of the Provincial Development Investment Plan 2017-2022, which in turn is supposedly derived from the successor Provincial Development Plan 2017-2022. Since the investment and successor plans are still being prepared, hence, our 2017 AIP is indicative. To reiterate, this is taking into account that we intend to continue and sustain what has been started by the previous administration,” the governor adds.

However, of the P1.2 billion IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment) share of the province next year, P248.8 million will be earmarked as Local Government Development Fund that would fund the 2017 Annual Investment Program. Next year’s LGDF will be higher than this year’s LGDF which was pegged at P219 million or a difference of P29.1 million.

Based on the 2017 Annual Investment program, P12 million will be allocated for the rehabilitation, construction, installation of potable water supply and sanitation projects especially in areas which are vulnerable to insurgency and illegal utilization of natural resources. P10 million is earmarked for the installation and maintenance of lighting system especially in areas which are vulnerable to insurgency and criminal activities such as illegal drugs, rape and similar cases. For cultural preservation and heritage development projects, P18.5 million; for the construction and improvement of health facilities like hospitals, barangay health stations and birthing facilities, P10 million; for the rehabilitation, maintenance and improvement of roads, bridges and other public facilities especially in areas which are vulnerable to insurgency and illegal utilization of natural resources, P68 million; for the Counterpart Fund for Special-funded Projects, P50 million; debt-servicing-loan amortization, P61 million; and for the Environmental Management Projects, P19.2 million.

 “Acting like a springboard, it is the Executive and Legislative Agenda (ELA) that sets into motion all the other development plans, including the AIP. In our noble task of leading both the executive and legislative departments in helping set the development directions of the province, through the ELA, may we always be the voice for local development,” says Governor Dayanghirang. By Ferdinand Zuasola/ Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

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