MATI CITY, Davao Oriental (PNA) — Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang sees more promising programs and projects for the province this 2017.
In a New Year’s message sent to the media, Dayanghirang expressed optimism that programs aimed to uplift the economic sector in Davao Oriental will be facilitated this year.
The provincial government will also boost its infrastructure developments as well as strengthen the agriculture sector programs for increased productivity.
“We will also strengthen social and health services towards interventions that will beef up peace and order,” he said.
He pointed out that this year’s priority programs and projects will be anchored on the his five-point development agenda — that include defeating poverty; safeguarding the environment; expanding access to infrastructure, utilities and social services; sustaining public order and security; and strengthening effective governance.
Vital projects pipelined this year include the construction of a rehabilitation facility for drug reformists which will be implemented through partnership with the private sector.
The project will signify the province’s all-out support to the thrust of the Duterte administration in the fight against illegal drugs and upholding peace and order.
“This project is intended to provide help to the staggering number of drug reformists who have surrendered to the authorities and who have been seeking a chance to get better,” Dayanghirang said.
He also vowed to continue to bring government services down to the grassroots level through the provincial government-initiated outreach program called “Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan.”
The caravan is a regular outreach program of the provincial government pooling resources and services of various national line agencies and other sectors to be brought directly to the communities. This is to promote and cultivate the culture of peace particularly in areas considered as geographically isolated and depressed.
This year, the provincial government of Davao Oriental has allocated a slice of its one year budget as counterpart funds for projects under various national programs such as the Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and for the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana) programs of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP).
Both PRDP and Pamana programs, which the provincial government consider as external support, have already earmarked millions of pesos for big-ticket infrastructure and livelihood projects in Davao Oriental, Dayanghirang added.
“We need external support if we want to create huge developments. But in the process, we have to do our fair share by preparing our counterpart that would catalyze the project implementation,” he said.