DavOr Okays P122 Billion Six-Year Development Plan

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang presides over the Provincial Development Council Meeting on June 8 at Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati

DAVAO ORIENTAL – The Province of Davao Oriental is banking on its agri-industry and eco-tourism sectors to achieve its goal of further curbing the province’s poverty incidence and improve its socio-economic development in the next six years.

During the Provincial Development Council meeting held recently, the council members have approved the Provincial Development Investment Program worth P122.5 billion for a period of six years (2017-2022) which is anchored on the consequently updated Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan broken down into sectoral plans, namely, Macroeconomy and Finance, Economic, Social, Infrastructure, and Development Administration.

Provincial Government Department Heads and representatives from different national agencies and Local Chief Executives, among others attend the PDC Meeting on June 8 at Lanes Kitaanan in the City of Mati.

Putting premium on agri-industrial and tourism sectors, the Provincial Government wants to tap funding support from different sources – whether international, national, or local funds and through other funding schemes – for the programs and projects identified in the plan.

Based on the financial plan, the Economic Sector, which focuses on improving agriculture, tourism, forestry, trade and industry, gets the biggest projected amount of P 90.3 Billion. Among the highlight programs under it is the intensification of crop and fishery production as well as boosting the Agribusiness Development Program that will increase production on various crops such as abaca, cassava, oil palm, rubber, rice, and corn, among many others. “Agriculture is our major driver of economic growth. It is apt that we give this sector some focused attention. Manufacturing and processing, and other tertiary services for instance, offer income opportunities exponentially,” said Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Freddie Bendulo.

Tourism, as an equally promising industry, will pursue programs on the promotion of people-based trade and commerce and the expansion of infrastructure that enhance people mobility and interconnectivity. “The key strategic dimensions: tourism development and ecology are at the core of our development agenda,” he said, adding that through the Republic Act 10560 which declares the province as “tourism development area”, the province is entitled to tap support from the national government.

Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Freddie Bendulo

Infrastructure Development gets the second highest portion of the required budget pegged at P 24.8 billion which is touted to strengthen the delivery of basic services. In this bid, the province identified major projects to be implemented which include development and improvement of roads and bridges, establishment of sustainable water facility, power facility development, reliable information and communication facilities, irrigation and drainage facility development, and enhancement of Integrated Health Delivery Facilities. Further, the development of an airport and fishing ports are also being eyed to further spur investment opportunity and socio-economic development here.

The Social Services Sector which encompasses programs in healthcare, education, and housing, among others has a projected allocation of P 3.5 billion while the Development Administration which involves peace and order, public safety and local administration programs has a P3.8 billion allocation under the financial plan.

Governor Dayanghirang and Provincial Technical Consultant Dr. Santiago G. Enginco, Jr.

Bent on improving the province’s economic landscape, the province hopes to invest P 59.4 million on Macroeconomy and Finance Sector. This sector focuses on the reduction of poverty incidence by 15 percent. “Despite the gains that the province had over the years, there are still concerns that slow down its ascent up the hill of development. Even if poverty incidence has declined significantly from 47.6 percent in the first semester of 2009 to 27 percent in the first semester of 2015, communities and people still necessitates achieving quality of life,” said Bendulo, stressing that poverty lingers as a major concern that needed to be addressed. Among the highlight programs under this area is the consolidation of Local Poverty Reduction Action Plans, the establishment of a GIS system, tax portal system, and monitoring of income from the province’s economic enterprises, among others.

Meanwhile, by adopting the strategy called “National Dispersion Through Regional Agglomeration, the province sees “an opportunity to help the province address the foregoing developmental issues and concerns”, said Bendulo, adding that the strategy has a huge potential in addressing poverty and further improving the province’s socio-economic development.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, who chairs the Council, hopes that the ambitious plan will be pursued through the help of the various funding agencies that shares the Provincial Government’s vision for economic growth and prosperity.

He also recognized the ‘trailblazing’ pioneering leaders of the province who have shaped the socio-political development of the province. “Relatively, our history would tell us that the way a town or province is run is reinforced by a good development plan that has to be valid for the changing times. Let me reiterate my intention to continue and sustain what has been started by the previous administration. I should add, though, that I am convinced that a clear commitment to make our development plans work in our favor, is for us to express our confidence in their beneficial effects to our Province so that when developmental challenges unfold, we can react swiftly and decisively,” said the Governor. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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