LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The Pangasinan provincial government has lined up various development programs and projects worth P1.1 billion next year as stipulated in the Annual Investment Program for 2018 and approved by the members of the Provincial Development Council chaired by Gov. Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III.
In the PDC meeting held June 14 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center, the governor thanked all mayors and local government unit representatives for manifesting their support by way of attending the event.
He said the presence of local executives aptly proved their support being the provincial government’s partners in development.
The new budget is almost 30 percent more from the total annual development fund of P848 million in 2017.
Identified programs and projects for the incoming year are then embodied in the proposed Provincial Development Council Resolution No. 01, Series of 2017.
The resolution, titled “Endorsing to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan the Approval of CY 2018 Annual Investment Program (AIP) of the Province of Pangasinan,” will be submitted to the provincial board for review, adoption and approval.
During the meeting, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Benita Pizarro presented the summary of the proposed 2018 AIP.
The plan was formulated based on objectives, targets, budget policies and strategies for the budget year, and is likewise a vital component of a wider strategic framework that covers achieving both local and national development objectives.
“As such, all programs and projects on deck were based on the 10-point development thrusts of the provincial government, as follows: Peace and order; quality and affordable healthcare; adequate and high quality education; increased agricultural productivity; better jobs and income opportunities; youth and sports development;
“Tourism development, culture, arts and investment promotion; affordable and cozy socialized housing and other social welfare services; environmental protection and rehabilitation, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; infrastructure and other special projects development,” he said.
The AIP of the Province of Pangasinan for CY 2018 captures priority programs, projects and activities that address categorically the four basic services of development—General Public Services, Social Services, Economic Services, and Other Purposes.
The Development Projects funded by the 20-percent Development Fund and Investment Priority Areas, when implemented, would have great impact on the economy and on the lives of the Pangasinenses, particularly the poor and the marginalized sector, Espino said.
Meanwhile, the DTI-DPWH Convergence Program on Road Connectivity for Industry and Trade known as “Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) Program,” was also presented to the LGU heads.
ROLL IT is a five-year program starting in 2018 to be funded by the United States Agency for International Development or USAID.
LGU heads who were present during the PDC meeting include the mayors of Alaminos City, Alcala, Anda, Basista, Binmaley, Burgos, Laoac, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Nicolas, Urbiztondo, Urdaneta, Asingan, and Calasiao. Representatives of the LGUs of San Manuel, Bugallon, Sison and San Carlos City also attended.
Also present was Board Member Raul P. Sison, Provincial Administrator Nimrod Camba, various department heads and chiefs of hospitals, and some representatives of different non-government organizations, women associations, tribal associations, PWDs, Pangasinan Visitors Bureau and the Office of 4th District Representative Christopher George Martin De Venecia.