LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Pangasinan provincial government has lined up P1.1 billion worth of development programs and projects next year as provided for in its Annual Investment Program (AIP) for 2018 approved by the Provincial Development Council (PDC) chaired by Governor Amado I. Espino III.
During a PDC meeting called for by Governor Espino on June 14 at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) attended by all mayors and local government unit representatives, the AIP was approved following the presentation by department heads as well as heads of national government agencies based in Pangasinan.
From the total annual development fund of P848 million in 2017, the proposed budget for 2018 was raised to over P1.1 billion.
The AIP is set to be submitted to the provincial board headed by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim for review, adoption and approval.
During the meeting, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Benita Pizarro presented the summary of the proposed 2018 AIP that was formulated based on objectives, targets, budget policies and strategies for the budget year and is likewise a vital component of a wider strategic framework that covers achieving both local and national development objectives.
All programs and projects on deck were based on the 10-point development thrusts of the provincial government, as follows: peace and order; quality and affordable healthcare; adequate and high quality education; increased agricultural productivity; better jobs and income opportunities; youth and sports development; tourism development, culture, arts and investment promotion; affordable and cozy socialized housing and other social welfare services; environmental protection and rehabilitation, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; infrastructure and other special projects development.
Pizarro said the AIP of the Province of Pangasinan for CY 2018 includes priority programs, projects and activities that address categorically the four basic services of development — General Public Services, Social Services, Economic Services and Other Purposes and the Development Projects Funded by 20-percent Development Fund and Investment Priority Areas, which when implemented would have great impact on the economy and on the lives of the Pangasinenses particularly the poor and the marginalized sector.
Also presented was the DTI-DPWH Convergence Program on Road Connectivity for Industry and Trade known as “Roads Leveraging Linkages of Industry and Trade (ROLL IT) Program”, a five-year program set to kick off in 2018 to be funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
LGU heads present during the PDC meeting include the mayors of Alaminos City, Alcala, Anda, Basista, Binmaley, Burgos, Laoac, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Nicolas, Urbiztondo, Urdaneta, Asingan, and Calasiao.
Also in attendance were the representatives of the LGUs of San Manuel, Bugallon, Sison and San Carlos City.
Also present were Second District Board Raul P. Sison Provincial Administrator Nimrod Camba and various department heads and chiefs of hospitals and some representatives of different non-government organizations, women associations, tribal associations, PWDs, Pangasinan Visitors Bureau and the Office of 4th District Representative Christopher De Venecia. PNA – northboundasia.com