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P94-M alloted for 'Captivating Capiz' dev't agenda

Roxas City (15 February) -- The five-year strategic development agenda of the provincial government of Capiz got P94.082 million following the adoption by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of the 20 Percent Development Fund for 2008.

This year's 20% development fund is approximately 9 percent higher than the P86, 261,875.00 of 2007.

The provincial board adopted the annual investment program for this year's 20% development fund during its regular session held February 14. A day before, the Provincial Development Council (PDC) chaired by Gov. Victor A. Tanco, Sr. himself convened to approve the funding package.

The investment program was integrated by the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) headed by Antonio Asis after it was deliberated and finalized by the Office of the Governor and departments of the provincial government.

Asis said the amount, which represents one-fifth of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) Fund share of the province amounting to more than P400 million this year, would be used to fund the priority development programs, projects and activities of the province under Gov. Tanco's strategic Five-Pillar Vision development agenda dubbed "Captivating Capiz."

The five pillars of the strategic development agenda are Vibrant Economy, Quality and Relevant Education, Eco-Cultural Tourism Hub, Healthy Capiceņos, and Adequate Infrastructure Facilities.

The P94-million development fund is appropriated as follows: Vibrant Economy, P12, 470,000.00; Quality and Relevant Education, P3, 055,000.00; Eco-Cultural Tourism Hub, P4, 025,000.00; Healthy Capiceņos, P9, 384,130.00; and Adequate Infrastructure Facilities, P19, 615,444.00. The amount of P45, 659,059.00 has been earmarked for General Administration.

The appropriations have been further classified into General Public Services with P49, 544,503.00, Social Services with P28, 292,825.00, and Economic Services with P16, 245,000.00 for a total of some P94.082 million.

Tanco said he will pursue his priority thrusts in keeping with his commitment to put life to his governance slogan of "Labi sa Tanan ang Tawo."

President Arroyo has recognized the role of provincial governors in the economic progress and unification of the country in her speech before governors during the 2nd general assembly of the League of Governors at Pili, Camarines Sur last Wednesday.

Citing the progress in the government's pro-poor and anti-hunger program, which the Capiz provincial government is pursuing, the President said "the rate of poverty is down, employment is up, while education and health care services to the poor are vastly improved."

Addressing the governors, the Chief Executive said: "We have a long way to go, but only through a strong economy can we improve the plight of the poor together. To that end, together we have turned the corner on our economy."

"This allows us to invest together in job creation, better healthcare and more educational opportunities. These are the keys to lifting up the poor," she stressed. (PIA-JSC) [top]

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