Governor Savellano launches stimulus package project in Ilocos Sur
By Freddie G. Lazaro
Vigan City (February 13) -- Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano launched a stimulus program in the province in anticipation to the possible impact of the feared global economic crisis.
The stimulus package was called as Sustainable Program for Enhancing Economic Development (SPEED) with an initial fund of P20 million.
According to Savellano, the incumbent Chairman of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Region One, the program is the counter part of the province on the stimulus program of the national government to combat the global economic crisis.
"If the United States of America and our national government had this stimulus initiative, our province also had this program through our SPEED and I am planning to adopt this program for the whole Region One," he said.
He said the SPEED stimulus package is a "back to basic" approach to attain self – sufficiency to survive during crisis.
This developed also the governor to ask the national government for the immediate release of the RA 7171 tobacco excise tax share for the four Virginia tobacco producing provinces in the region.
"With the immediate release of the RA 7171 tobacco excise tax fund, this could accelerate the implementation of our stimulus project in the province," he said.
Among the initial programs stipulated in the SPEED project were the following: raising of Ilocos Sur Super Chicken, native chicken and native pigs; intensified backyard and urban gardening, herbal plants growing, organic farming, massive use of local products like abel, use of indigenous products, massive planting of saluyot, malunggay and caturay in the vacant lots and no eating of junk foods in the schools instead eat local products like calamansi juice or local food delicacies.
"I am urging the different schools in the province to make a policy on banning the eating of junk foods instead use our local food products in the province," he told.
"These initial activities in my SPEED program are very basic, it does not need too much budget because we are tapping the indigenous and available resources in our province but eventually it stimulate the local economy that would cushion the impact of global economic crisis to our people in the community," he said. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]