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Ifugao prepares 2007 AIP

by Vency D. Bulayungan

LAGAWE, Ifugao (30 October) -- In line with efforts to meet all the country's commitments to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, the provincial government here came up with its Annual Investment Program (AIP) for the year 2007.

The AIP provides priority development projects funded by the province's estimated general fund of P271,209,000. The actual general fund this year is P260,396,799.

Gemma Tayaban, Planning Officer II of the Provincial Planning and Development Office here said that the new format provided by the Department of Budget and Management has three development sector namely economic, social infra and general public services.

With this format, all funds of the provincial government will be allocated only to the three sectors, economic, social services and general public services unlike before that funds were disbursed," Tayaban said. It's no longer the same next year because funds will be strictly allocated under the three sectors, she added With the vision of providing better lives for the Ifugao populace especially the poorer sectors, the proposed provincial AIP which will be submitted to the DBM for approval prioritized to fund programs, projects and activities under trade and industry, agriculture, livestock, environment, tourism, and infrastructure to help boost the economic condition of the poor.

Under Social Services, health and nutrition, population management, social welfare and development, public safe, security and justice, education, manpower development were listed as priorities.

The AIP also indicates that under the general public services, planning, monitoring and coordination; budgeting; revenue generation and development financing; accounting; development info; human resources and general administration were listed as priorities.

Tayaban disclosed that all local government units are mandated by the DBM to come up with their annual investment plan following the new format. The LGUs were trained on how to use the new format last June at Subic in Olongapo City.

"With the extrication of the province from the infamous Club 20, the provincial government here through the PPDO is bent on sustaining its mission to alleviate the living conditions of people especially the poor sector," Tayaban said. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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