CITY of BALANGA, Bataan – It used to be P3 (Public–Private Partnership) according to Governor Abet Garcia, but it has now changed its name to P4 (Public–Private Partnership for the People) to enhance more developments down to the barangay level.
Governor Garcia said during the Executive Legislative Agenda (ELA) meeting that, he really wants to open this mechanism to all the barangay officials because with this “device”, they don’t need to spend a single centavo from their funds and so, they still have the 20% development funds of the barangay for their operational expenses and other projects.
P4, Gov. Garcia stressed, is the answer to the limited funds of the province though it is true that we can ask help from other national agencies and officials but it’s not that easy because we have to haggle with other provinces asking for the same assistance.
On the other hand, the guest speaker, Atty. Alberto C. Agra, a PPP specialist said that P4 can be best explained in one word and that is, “PAGTUTULUNGAN”, He even said that it is not for officials only but for everybody, because through this agreement, skills and resources of each sector are shared in delivering services to the people.
Gov. Garcia, in his excitement said that he just wants Bataan to be the FIRST PPP- ready province in the country, for this will enhance the indicator for us, being the 2nd least poor province in the country based on the 2015 report of the Philippine Statistics Authority.
The governor even added that, just imagine if we have the P4 at the provincial level, simultaneously doing this at the different municipalities and down to the barangay level, all at the same time, that will mean more investments, more jobs for the people, more resources to buy foods, spend for education, health and others.
The province is just on the right track in pursuing our vision, the hardworking governor added.