LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: The Pangasinan provincial government has lined up various development programs and projects based on the Annual Investment Program (AIP) for 2018 approved by the members of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) chaired by Gov. Amado Espino 3rd.
This was revealed to The Manila Times by Provincial Board Member Jeremy Rosario who said that the AIP for 2018 was approved on June 14.
The provincial board is set to call for a public hearing with the heads of various agencies to defend the proposed budget.
From the total annual development fund of P848 million in 2017, the proposed budget for 2018 will sum up to over P1.1 billion.
Provincial Planning and Development Officer Benita Pizarro said the proposed 2018 AIP is based on the 10-point development thrusts of the provincial government. These include 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.
Meanwhile, 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 to kick off in 2018 which will be funded by the USAID was also presented.