The provincial development council has approved the P407 million annual investment plan (AIP) of the provincial government. In the provincial development council session held last October 11 at the provincial Capitol, 35 local chief executives, provincial board members and private sector representatives were in attendance.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III said the AIP is based on the series of consultations held by the province with all sectors, including the outputs in the stakeholders’ summit last October 2 and in the Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) formulation workshop last September 26-27.
The AIP, though, is still subject to the deliberation and approval of the provincial board.
In the AIP list of projects, P129,444 million is allotted to social/environmental services and P277,556 million to economic services.
The social services allocation includes the construction of a women and children’s crisis center, which has a budgetof P10 million. The crisis center will become a temporary shelter of the women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual exploitation.
Right now, the province has no facilities for the post-crisis care of the said victims. They are currently housed in private social institutions paid by the province.
In the economic services, the budget includes P10 million for the planning and pre-implementation of the governor’s “ambitious” Trans-axial Highway Project.
It also provided P26,056 million for Food Production, Livelihood, and Entrepreneurship Support Program.
The Capitol also maintained the Legislative Assistance Fund (LAF) of the vice governor and the board members. The vice governor has P8 million and the board members have P2.5 million each.
But the disbursement of LAF must follow a certain menu like the social and economic development projects.
Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said there are lot of requests from the barangay captains that are allowed such as the construction and rehabilitation of health centers, street lighting systems, among others.
The formulation of AIP is mandated under Republic Act 7160 of the “Local Government Code of 1991.” At least 20 percent of the Internal Revenue Allotment of the local government unit should be set-aside for AIP. (Xerxes Alkuino)