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PIA Press Release
2007/09/07

Sorsogon crafts 3-year strategic development plan

by MF Deniega

Sorsogon City (7 September) -- A three-year strategic plan for the upliftment of the province of Sorsogon was crafted by a collective group of stakeholders that included local government executives, chiefs of offices, and representatives from the private and non-government organizations during the two-day seminar-workshop held at LIKAS-Ridge in Irosin town.

The provincial strategic plan would form the basis of the province's executive-legislative agenda for the next three years. Serving as its framework is Governor Sally A. Lee's campaign platform which is health, education, environment, energy, agriculture, rural development, tourism and shelter (H.E.A.R.T.S.).

During the seminar-workshop, a critical analysis was conducted on the provincial situation in relation to economy, education, health and nutrition. The internal capacity and resources of the province were assessed as well as the external opportunities and threats that may impact on the attainment of the vision and mission foer the province.

Ordinarily the creation of short-, medium- and long-term plans is assigned to the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) guided by the directions of the Executive Officer, but Executive Assistant Lorenzo G. Ubalde said that Governor Lee wants the executive-legislative agenda to be a product of a multi-sectoral sharing of ideas.

Ubalde said that for the next three years, Governor Lee's administration will implement programs that are complementary, self-liquidating or viable and can be replicated by all the local government units.

Specifically, the development initiatives in the health sector are intended to decrease maternal and infant mortalities while improving the nutritional status of families. For the education sector, the strategic plan is geared at increasing cohort survival and basic literacy rates, and producing a labor force thatwould fit the demands of the job market.

The present administration shall pump-up the economy by creating more livelihood opportunities, increasing productivity and improving living standards. With these overtures, the province shall also fully harness Sorsogon's tourism potential. At the same time, it will ensure that an emergency response system is fully installed.

A consensus to stop the province-wide operations of jueteng was also resolved in addition to the formation of an investigative body composed of representatives from the church, the private sector as well as the government to address extra-judicial killings. (Sorsogon MRI-OSC) [top]

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