Davao Norte guv cites national gov't partnership as vital to dev't agenda
by Jean Duron-Abangan
agum City (4 March) -- Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario cited partnership with national government agencies and non-government organizations as the keys that have contributed in realizing his development agenda.
In his recently delivered State of the Province Address (SOPA), del Rosario mentioned networks with NGAs and NGOs as his administration pushed his development thrusts put together into RDR WHEELS.
RDR WHEELS stands for Road and infrastructure development; Development of cooperatives in all sectors; Reforms in governance, peace and order; Water and electricity development; health, sanitation, and social services; Education, culture, sports and human development; Environment protection and rehabilitation; livelihood skills and development program; and Spiritual and moral recovery.
He said partnership with NGAs, NGOs, and Overseas Development Agencies had helped the provincial government in sourcing out funds for infrastructure projects.
Del Rosario specifically cited network with the Davao Integrated Development Program-Local Governance and Rural Empowerment Program from which the provincial government last year drew P6.1 million for a water project in Alejal in Carmen.
The province also got a Special Local Road Fund, and was a beneficiary of the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani Program and the Mindanao Rural Development Program.
The provincial government also worked with the Philippine Army in implementing the Kalayaan Barangay Program, and worked out for the near completion of the Talaingod-Kapalong-Bukidnon Road project through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
In keeping its commitment for cooperative development, the provincial government last year ventured into a multilateral agreement, principally with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and other lending institutions, to put up a P16 million Credit Surety Fund (CSF).
Introduced by the Bangko Sentral, the CSF provides cooperative members, wider access to credit windows made available for them on no-collateral basis.
Del Rosario took pride of the provincial government's consistent and prompt compliance with the memorandum of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) which "mandates salary increases of our employees."
The provincial government under his helm, last year "re-engineered" the provincial bureaucracy and implemented reorganization "with efficiency and competence as main consideration."
Del Rosario cited the new Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) from which "provisions and spirit", the provincial government managed to initiate reforms in governance.
Meanwhile, the province experienced relative peace and order in the last three years as the provincial government took its "subsidiary role" in keeping such condition to prevail by providing continued financial and logistic support to the Philippine National Police while also working with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in holding a number of medical missions.
In its desire to preserve lives and property during human-made calamities and natural disasters, the provincial government through its Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), last year organized a quick disaster response team together with Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
To address health needs, the provincial government attained in 2009 the Universal Coverage of Philhealth by enrolling close to 56,000 indigents using the P27 million budget approved for such purpose.
While on a drive to implement, province-wide, the Parenthood and Natural Family Planning Programs, the provincial government ably established 167 Botika ng Barangay which brought right at the grassroots level the supply of cheaper medicines.
Del Rosario recognized the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) through which hunger-mitigating assistance provided relief to 28,000 beneficiaries in Davao del Norte, found to become economically vulnerable as the financial crisis last year hit economies worldwide.
Beneficiaries got short-term assistance in the form of disaster relief goods, transportation assistance, food assistance, medical assistance and burial assistance. Other marginalized sub-sectors like the youth and children, senior citizens, solo parents, and differently-abled also availed of sustained care through direct financial assistance to their organizations.
The provincial government supported the KALAHI-CIDSS Program implementation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI in the municipalities of Sto. Tomas and Talaingod while investing P7 million for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), a program which put premium on health and total development of children.
The provincial government fully adopted national government measures of saving economically vulnerable sectors from losing jobs and livelihood due to the global financial crisis.
Other than conducting series of jobs fairs, it helped 50 nurses find jobs through the Project-NARS (Nurses Assigned in Rural Services) which deployed nurses to rural health units in the baranagays. It also employed 200 SPES grantees during summer of 2009.
Del Rosario extended gratitude to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for entrusting P500,000 for the Grow Micro Fund, and to the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) for the P1.1 million alternative livelihood assistance for displaced OFWs in Davao del Norte.
Tailing at the last of his development agenda is the Spiritual and Moral Recovery which he has institutionalized as part of the RDR WHEELS.
The Moral Recovery Program is also a national government thrust which started during the time of President Fidel V. Ramos. (PIA XI) [top]