Executive, legislative branches unify for strengthened governance

The Executive-Legislative Meeting on September 8, 2016 at the Provincial Capitol discussed the important thrust of the Provincial Government that will be undertaken in the next three years.

The Executive-Legislative Meeting on September 8, 2016 at the Provincial Capitol discussed the important thrust of the Provincial Government that will be undertaken in the next three years.

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Provincial Government officials, both from the executive and legislative branches, along with various departments, have strengthened their collaboration in the effort to establish a comprehensive Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) touted to bolster governance and efficient delivery of services to the people.

In a meeting on September 8 at the Provincial Capitol, the different departments and agencies have presented their programs and projects which are anchored on the Provincial Government’s vision of further developing the province’s socio-economic sector and maintaining peaceful as well as resilient communities.

Supporting the policy directions of the new administration under Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, the programs laid out by the different sectors will guide the crafting of the Executive-Legislative Agenda which the province will undertake in the next three years. “The ELA translates into action the commitment of the Province, during the first 100 days, at the very least, of my incumbency,” said Governor Dayanghirang, in a message conveyed by his representative Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy.

In his message, the Governor stressed the need to harmonize the thrusts of the different sectors of the government that will serve best the interest of the people. He says government programs must be taken closer to the people especially at the grassroots level.

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Governor Dayanghirang said that the thrusts of his leadership is largely influenced by the successful programs implemented by the previous administration under Former Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon. “We need to continue what has already been started,” he said, noting the Provincial Government’s successes in making Davao Oriental a leader in the various aspects of governance.

Among the highlights of the discussion was boosting the agriculture sector through enhancing the province’s Food Intensification Program, which aims to increase production of mainstay crops such as rice and corn, among others. It also involves the establishment of techno-demo farms of different commodities that will further enhance the skills of farmers, thereby increasing production and yield. Through the support of the legislative branch, the agriculture sector hopes to strengthen private-public partnership, agricultural extension, market development with emphasis on public investments at the same time encouraging private investments to increase quantity and improve quality of products directed towards international standards, among many others.

The Provincial Government also seeks to prop up Davao Oriental’s eco-tourism sector which will not only help boost the local economy but would also help the preservation and conservation of the province’s natural resources.

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Among the priority concern of the environment sector are reforestation and watershed development and management. Among the programs that the sector hopes to further push through are the Biodiversity and Forest Management, Pollution Control, Natural resource use regulation, and Climate change adaptation and mitigation in relation to geo-hazards.

Placing premium on peace and development efforts, the Provincial Government is looking into further strengthening programs such as the Peace and Development Outreach Program which has already made inroads in sustaining peace here the province.

Meanwhile, programs on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation have also been given priority. However, in order to strengthen these programs, the Provincial Government wants to tap the legislative branch’s support in the institutionalization of the City and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils.

Governor Dayanghirang said he hopes that through the establishment of the ELA, the Provincial Government will be able to further address the issues in the communities through complementation of resources and active participation of all sectors. He said that the need for harmony between the executive and the legislative arm in the local government unit is necessary to promote speedy execution of policies and programs. By Karen Lou Deloso

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