The provincial government concluded its pre-summit workshops last Wednesday, September 18 with the labor and employment, trade and industry, and tourism sectors.
Provincial Planning and Development Office Chief Melita Labarejos said the outputs of the participants would be considered in the new administration’s programs and policies.
The household, cooperative and agriculture sectors had already given their outputs in separate consultations.
Sectoral champions from the series of pre-summit workshops will join the provincial development summit scheduled on October 2.
Representatives of both private and public sectors participated in the latest pre-summit workshop. The group picked good governance; wealth creation; and environmental protection, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk management that should be the top three concerns of the province.
Aloguinsan Mayor Cynthia Moreno, who was one of the participants, said she was privileged to be part of the workshop even if she is not affiliated with the ruling party at the helm of the provincial government.
For her municipality, she said the biggest concern is environmental protection since they are currently engaged in eco-tourism project. (Moreno was referring to the Boho River Cruise- an attraction that has already put the town in the tourism map).
The group, who was tasked to list their aspirations in the area of wealth of creation, identified Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development, job opportunities, and the improvement of labor productivity as the things that the administration should prioritize.
Nelia Navarro, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry, said she looks forward to a separate meeting with Capitol officials together with the national government agencies.
She added they are willing to work with the province in the implementation of their proposed plan of actions. Some of these are investment promotions, One Town One Product (OTOP) program and skills and productivity improvement program.
Navarro explained that wealth creation is one of the most important concerns. Its relevance transcends specific boundary and could solve a number of issues. She said job opportunities in the rural areas would address the decongestion in Metro Cebu. (Xerxes Alkuino)