CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan – Barangay Captains, Municipal Mayors members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) and provincial government officials headed by Gov. Albert S. Garcia, gathered together for the Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) and Provincial Development Council (PDC) joint meeting at the Lou-Is Resort and Restaurant, Nov. 8, this City.
Acting Vice-Governor and Board Member Jovy Z. Banzon officially welcomed the participants while Gov. Garcia gave an overview on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme which he encouraged the barangay officials to adopt in their respective areas. “I just want Bataan to be the first PPP-ready province up to the barangay level.”, Gov. Garcia reiterated in his privilege speech.
Certified PPP Specialist Atty. Alberto C. Agra discussed further the PPP, which according to him is now called P4 or Public-Private Partnership for the People. He urged the barangay officials to come up with a resolution on PPP adopting the existing Provincial PPP ordinance and mentioned that tax exemption grants to private sectors can be their PPP arrangement without using their own funds.
DILG-Bataan Provincial Director Ms. Myra M. Soriano gave an overview of ELA, which is a 3-year development thrust of the Local Government Unit (LGU) that articulates the unified vision of the Executive and Legislative Branches. She also described ELA as the blue print of development of the 3-year term of the officials in their respective offices.
In Gov. Abet Garcia’s “The Governor’s Report”, which focused on the economic growth of the province, he highlighted the 2012 Human Development Index report where Bataan ranked 6th among the best places to live in the Philippines. He also cited the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority wherein Bataan ranked 2nd least poor province in the country, meaning Bataan has the 2nd lowest poverty incidence in the Philippines.
He also apprised the participants on the P2.4 billion honest-to-goodness one-stop-shop government center and business hub that will rise in the Capitol grounds that will benefit the tax payers of the province by giving them ease and comfort in processing legal documents.
The hardworking governor accentuated that economic growth solves many things but not everything. To elucidate this, he used the traffic problem as an example. He said that traffic problem arises as economic growth arises. With that, he mentioned that every department has a role in the effects of the economic growth pinpointing the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) as one of the top departments tasked to solve traffic by designing appropriate roads and infrastructures.
Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) and PDC Secretariat Engr. Alexander M. Baluyot presented the ELA for the years 2017 to 2019 in addition to the new vision of Bataan that states by 2020, Bataan Province will have the lowest poverty incidence resulting from quality growth attaining top-level Human Development Index in the Philippines; Provincial Development Investment Plan (PDIP) and the 2018 List of Programs/Projects to Regional Development Council (RDC) for funding of Regional Agencies, which were later approved and duly second the motion by the body.