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South Leyte gov calls for cooperation, support among mayors

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (13 September) -- Southern Leyte Governor Damian Mercado appealed to the Mayors of the province's 18 towns and one city for understanding, cooperation, and support, particularly in striking a balance on prioritizing key development programs of the different local government units (LGUs) on one hand, and maximizing scarce financial resources on the other.

The Governor made the appeal last week in an opening address during the first Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting under his watch at the RK Kangleon Function House, this city, September 7.

He stressed that under his administration the prime objective has always been to see progress happening in the towns and the city, and the entire Southern Leyte as well.

There has been "high expectation with the Aksyon, Solusyon, Inisyatibo, or ASI", Gov. Mercado said, adding that he understood the sentiments of the local chief executives.

Two suggestions were forwarded by the Governor in the handling of key projects, first, a priority item per town must be identified -- a take-off from his years as City Mayor where each of the city's 70 barangays submitted only one top project for financial support -- and, second, focus development efforts on one town one at a time.

There was no immediate preference on which of the two options are to be adopted from the PDC body, where most of the Mayors were present, except the Mayor of Libagon who was represented by somebody else.

Later, in the course of the discussion on the funding requirements of the various infrastructure projects submitted by the LGUs to the province for budgetary support in the 2008 budget, Board Member Jason Calva moved to pass a resolution stating that a lump sum appropriation be carried out at the PDC level.

Board Member Albert Esclamado seconded the resolution. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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