With almost all local government units (LGUs) represented, Governor Hilario Davide III has seen it as a good start of his administration and hoped it will produce good results.
Davide said the forum gave the local chief executives “the opportunity to define and determine the real needs of our constituents” and “align these to that of the national government. Kay aron sayon para sa national government paghatag ug tabang sa atong mga programa ug mga proyekto,” (to make it easier for the national government to extend assistance to our programs and projects) he said.
It is also an answer to the vision of the new administration of people-oriented, participatory governance, which he anchored on the involvement of the LGUs in the planning stage.
The event was also timed to the budget planning of the local government units as well as the national government for next year.
Cebuano Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Gregory Almendras, who was the guest speaker of the forum, presented to the participants the national development agenda of the Aquino administration.
Almendras said the main agenda of the national government is to create job opportunities through the following: Agri-business /Agriculture, Manufacturing, Business Processing Outsourcing/Information Communication Technology, Infrastructure, Logistics, Shipbuilding, Tourism and Food Industry.
In the afternoon, a workshop was conducted where the participants were grouped by districts and told to identify their top three priority projects. These projects must also conform to the top agenda of the national government mentioned by Sec. Almendras.
The participants came out with common projects categorized into three: infrastructure, agriculture and tourism. Gov. Davide’s approach drew applause from the mayors, who recognized it as the first step in the implementation of programs and projects.
Aloguinsan Mayor Cynthia Moreno lauded the neophyte governor’s initiative to hear the programs and projects of the LGUs that are also common to all of them. She said the LGUs are more knowledgeable of the needs of their constituents. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, Provincial Board Members Peter John Calderon, Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca, Jude Thaddeus Durano-Sybico, and Miguel Antonio Magpale also attended the forum held at the Capitol Social Hall. (Xerxes Alkuino)