The meeting hosted by the Provincial Planning and Development Office was held at the Multi-Purpose Building, Capitol Grounds in Pigcarangan, Tubod.
Governor Dimaporo and the PDC members were joined by Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 10 and Vice-Chairperson of Regional Development Council and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for Rehabilitation and Recovery, and Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo.
The Provincial Chief Executive informed the Council that the Provincial Government’s 2020 budget has been realigned to address the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the purchase of RDT Rapid Test Kits, renovations and constructions of additional isolation units and quarantine facilities, financing sweeper flights and commercial sea vessels for the returning locally stranded individuals and Overseas Filipino Workers, and provision of relief goods to residents affected by the implementation of localized lockdown as support to the effort of the Municipal Local Government Units.
She also disclosed that the Bayanihan Grant for provinces was diligently utilized for the establishment of the Provincial COVID-19 Testing Laboratory, the only laboratory duly financed by a Provincial Government, and such funds are projected to last until December of this year.
Director Cariño, on the other hand, discussed the Northern Mindanao COVID-19 Regional Recovery Program by presenting the key strategies for the economic sector, social services, environment, governance and cross-cutting Concerns, and transportation.
She also encouraged the Local Government Units to create its recovery plan.
For its contribution to the regional recovery program, the Province of Lanao del Norte will focus on industry and manufacturing, trade and services, agri-production and processing, power and energy, transport, and tourism.
The Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program (BP2) was also discussed by the NEDA Regional Director. The program is institutionalized to ensure balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources, and opportunities through policies and programs that boost countryside development and inclusive growth; provide adequate social services; promote full employment; industrialization; and improved quality of life in rural areas.
Accordingly, BP2 aims to provide hope to Filipinos and encourage residents in Metro Manila and in highly urbanized cities, particularly those informal settlers to return to their home provinces and improve their lives by availing the program.
For his part, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo expressed the importance of collecting local taxes, especially at this time of the pandemic. He also suggested for the Local Finance Committee to submit a report regarding the Real Property Tax of GNPower Kauswagan. Moreover, he recommended reclassifying the land of NGCP Substation in the Municipality of Lala from agricultural to industrial.
During the meeting, the PDC also adopted and approved the Supplemental AIP No. 4 for CY 2020, as well as the 2021 20% Development Fund Utilization Program and the Annual Investment Plan for 2021.
For the construction of the National Highway in Tubod and Baroy from Panguil Bay Bridge access road to Arsenio A. Quibranza National Highway (Tubod-Ganassi Road), it was unanimously agreed that there is a need to conduct a feasibility study and to request that it will be financed by Department of Public Works and Highways, and inform the latter where to connect the PBB Bridge access road to Tubod-Ganassi Road. They also agreed to further endorse the said project to the Regional Development Council through the InfraCom. (PIO-LDN)