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South Leyte, GTZ affirm partnership

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (4 September) -- The scheduled meeting between the officials of the provincial government led by Gov. Damian Mercado and top officials of the German government organization GTZ pushed through today September 4 at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Function Hall, this city.

The occasion was also attended by Vice-Governor Miguel Maamo, some provincial Board members, about ten municipal Mayors, heads of national line agencies, and a representative from the private sector.

Rep. Roger Mercado was unable to come for he was in Congress attending its regular session.

In his welcome remarks, Vice-Governor Maamo acknowledged that the province and GTZ have been "working together as partners".

This was echoed by Jochem Lange, the Country Director for GTZ Philippines and the Pacific, who stressed in his presentation, "One GTZ in Southern Leyte", that the two entities had forged a "partnership for development, in uplifting the lives of the fisherfolks," among others.

Lange proceeded to identify details on GTZ's continuing priority areas of concern in the province which included sustainable economic development, environment, health, and governance.

He underscored the "mutual responsibility for the various programs, projects, and insights" from the viewpoint of the GTZ, the provincial, and municipal local government units.

On the part of the province, Gov. Damian Mercado presented the " Southern Leyte's Development Priorities" which was being implemented within the framework of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's 10-point agenda.

Among these were in the field of economic and agricultural development, environmental management, health and other social services, human resource development, infrastructure, disaster management, and eco-tourism.

Gov. Mercado praised the many GTZ officials present as being "more Southern Leytenos " for the commitment they showed in their work for the province in almost a decade.

Provincial Planning Officer Virginia Lim Cruz later itemized the priority thrusts of the provincial government.

GTZ, which stands for Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit or German Technical Cooperation, is a government-owned corporation with international operations, it was learned. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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