The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) ng Bataan presided by Vice Governor Cris Garcia approved the province’s P3-billion budget for 2021.
In his message during the SP session on Tuesday, Governor Abet Garcia stressed that the 2021 budget would still prioritize the programs and projects of the Provincial Government of Bataan aligned to its vision of attaining the highest human development index (HDI) in the country. This means additional budget has been allocated for education, health, employment, livelihood, among others.
Gov. Garcia emphasized that a reasonable portion of the budget will go to the funding of health programs, operation of hospitals and similar facilities, and interventions with regards to preventive measures against COVID-19 and the recovery of the economy under the new normal.
He also assured continuous support to the agricultural sector, citing the contribution of farmers to the food stability and security in the province especially during the ongoing health crisis.
New programs will be introduced to the said sector in 2021 thru modernization such as precision farming that would increase the competitiveness of local farmers.
The governor also vowed that the 2021 budget would further promote environmental protection and sustainability, infrastructure development, and tourism.