THE Provincial Government of Tarlac (PGT), together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducted the 2022-2055 Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) planning and workshop at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay, Manila last August 2 to 4.
Attended by PGT department, program and project heads led by Governor Susan Yap, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) officials headed by Vice Governor and Presiding Officer Carlito “Casada” David and the provincial DILG led by Provincial Director Armi Bactad, the three-day ELA laid-down the three-year programs that will be the unifying document corresponding to the term of local elective officials that is developed and mutually agreed upon by both the executive and legislative departments of the provincial government.
DILG officials led the ELA orientation and discussed the province’ governance assessment report.
In Gov. Yap’s message, she reminded everyone of the State of the Nation Address of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“Yung sa SONA ni President BongBong Marcos, it is one of the most comprehensive State of the Nation Address that he wants to steer our country, so whatever laws that the national [government] passes, it’s useless if us in the LGU does not cooperate…because bottom line, tayo po sa LGU ang nagpapatupad ng lahat ng national policies,” she said.
The governor made mention of the meeting of the League of Governors.
“Like last week, we had a league of governors meeting and we raised a lot of issues concerning LGUs. One, maybe premature to say, but the good news is, probably the suspension of the devolution. So, we created a committee to work with the DILG, DBM and DOF to suspend muna yung transition probably another three years,” Gov. Yap said.
She was quick to say though that the announcement is premature but added, “the doors are open already for that discussion.”
Likewise gracing the Tarlac ELA were Senators Sherwin Gatchalian and JV Ejercito who both shared their respective government platforms. Gatchalian and Ejercito are former local chief executives of Valenzuela City and San Juan City.
Investment and Promotion
Gov. Yap said that in the local front, the province’ concentration is on investment and promoting Tarlac.
“Sa local naman po, ang ating concentration is investment and in promoting Tarlac because we have seen that in the next year, 15-percent ang budget cut natin…so lahat ng programa ay papasok sa 15-percent cut,” she said adding, “We have been working hard in the past months in promoting Tarlac as an investment haven and the province will benefit from this economically.”
Gov. Yap also said that the SGLG (Seal of Good Local Governance) award is important as it is a reflection on how Tarlac is doing good in all aspect.
Vice Governor David for his part said that the SP will work hand-in-hand with the executive department to ensure Tarlac’s progress.
“A vibrant legislature that works in synergy with the executive and articulating the will and aspirations of Tarlaqueños through legislation is our goal at the provincial board,” he pointed-out.
Each department, program and project offices submitted their respective ELA outputs.
Activities during the ELA were the Orientation and DILG presentation of the province’ governance assessment report, the governor’s direction-setting, workshop and the presentation by the department, programs and project heads to the governor and the provincial board.