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GTZ to stay in Southern Leyte for 3 more years

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (5 September) -- The Germany-owned organization GTZ has been committed to remain in the province of Southern Leyte for the next three years, according to one of GTZ's top officials.

Herwig Mayer, GTZ Program Manager for decentralization support, said that after the three-year period from now, the government of the Philippines and his government will talk to ascertain what would be the next move.

Mayer made the remark in an interview on the sidelines of a dialogue among officials of the province and GTZ at the DPWH Function Hall September 4.

The meeting was attended by Gov. Damian Mercado, Vice-Gov. Mike Maamo, a number of provincial Board Members, eleven municipal Mayors, heads of agencies and the private sector.

Among the Mayors present were George Go of Malitbog, Ricardo Borces of Padre Burgos, Melchor Petracorta of Limasawa, Manuel Labrador of Silago, Romeo Gomez of Hinunangan, Roberto Laquinte of Anahawan, Rico Rentuza of Saint Bernard, Evelyn Lee of Hinundayan, Shirlita Chong of Liloan, Felicula Escano of Tomas Oppus, and Pedro Fustanes of Bontoc, the re-elected President of the Southern Leyte Mayor's League.

Mayer described the activity as a validation of existing GTZ programs in the province, whose presence was felt over the past eight years, although he qualified that he himself was involved only in the last three years.

"Southern Leyte in Region 8 is the best performing province, but I don't know what percentage of our work" contributed to the performance, Mayer said, referring to GTZ-led initiatives in the field of sustainable economic development, environment, health, and governance.

As to inputs under his concern, Mayer said he did the drafting of the province's investment and environment codes, among others.

He was optimistic the Sanggunaing Panlalawigan would act on the draft codes for the benefit of the province. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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