BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Bataan governor Albert Garcia today reiterated the importance of investments to boost economic growth in all local government units (LGUs). “Economic growth solves many things but it must be efficient, inclusive and sustainable,” Governor Garcia said.
Garcia added that every local chief executive’s (LCE) job is to improve the lives of their constituents and it will be reflected in the human development index (HDI) which is being measured based on the LGU’s per capita income, life expectancy and access to education.
Just recently, Bataan ranked 2nd in the list of least poor provinces in the country with 1.6% poverty incidence based on the 2015 data of the Philippine Statistics Authority.
The governor said the data is a good indicator that the province is on the right track in pursuing its vision (inclusive, sustainable and efficient economic growth leading to highest HDI).
The governor’s report was done during the joint meeting of Executive Legislative Agenda (ELA) and Provincial Development Council attended by other officials from the province’s executive and legislative branches, mayors and village chiefs from the province’s 11 towns and one component city.
Garcia also urged the DepEd to gear towards Information and Communications Technology (ICT) track which he promised to fully support the students and teachers by providing them free computers and other necessary gadgets.
The governor also reported the grand opening of Genpact business process outsourcing center in this city on November 15.
An ELA, a powerful vehicle for effective local governance, is an integrated plan that contains the major development thrusts and priorities of both the executive and legislative branches towards a common vision for the constituents and the locality. It also provides an opportunity for key stakeholders, particularly the executive and legislative departments, to work more collaboratively and in a more concerted effort.