Pursuant to Section 106 of the Local Government Code of 1991 mandating each local government unit to prepare a comprehensive multi-sectoral development plan to be initiated by its local development council and approved by its Sanggunian, the Provincial Government of Tarlac (PGT) crafted its 2017-2019 Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA), a planning document, covering a 3-year period corresponding to the term of Governor Susan A. Yap and local elective officials that is mutually developed and agreed upon by both the executive and legislative departments of the local government unit (LGU).
The ELA is based on the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2016 – 2016_102 and Memorandum Circular No. 2007 – 2007_114
The preparation of the 2017 – 2019 ELA reiterates Gov. Susan A. Yap’s main thrust on Tao Muna where the priority is the welfare and upliftment of all Tarlaqueños. In Tarlac province, this ELA document gives priority to human capital development focusing on Food – Health – Education – Livelihood, and Environment. Aligning to the basic pillars of the current administration, Tarlac embarks on its way in ensuring public peace and order as well as safety and security of everyone making Tarlac province – “drug-free” and “insurgency-free”. This is the ongoing fight against drugs and criminality putting law and order first and intensifying the visibility of all police force and soldiers province wide.
As this ELA revisits the responsibilities and functions of all sectors concerned in terms of development and all priorities of all executive and legislative bodies, it was forged that the goal for Tarlac is Inclusive Growth and that no Tarlaqueño is left behind. This is outlined through people’s participation in good governance, responsible leadership, sustainable development, and equal opportunity for all. The mantra has always been to provide basic necessities and social welfare to the poor; to remove them from the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
This is why this ELA document has to look back at the vision for a progressive, peaceful and environment conscious province with sustainable and globally-competitive agriculture, a major logistics, I.T., investment and tourism destination, with wellplanned communities that are home to healthy, productive, and principled citizenry.
What the platform of government and priority legislation identified are considered to be good for the province as well as good for the citizenry.
What this ELA document outlines outwardly are the goals for the coming years in partnership with all stakeholders that will be the guideline for all developmental efforts of the province.
After sectoral objectives and targets were set, the prioritized Executive Agenda (EA) are matched with priority legislations that need to be enacted by the Sanggunian to support development priorities of the LGU which come in medium- and long-term legislations or amendments as well as updates to existing legislation. The legislative requirements are determined by the local sanggunian members and other stakeholders who recommend legislations to support the development thrusts of Tarlac Province.
The corresponding Capacity Development Program is reviewed to make it consistent with the revised sectoral goals and objectives as well as priorities of all stakeholders. Identified and prioritized programs and projects for implementation within the term of the current administration are open then for feedback, evaluation, and validation.
According to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG, Enhanced CDP Guide 2009), The ELA is an integrated plan that contains the major development thrusts and priorities of both the executive and legislative branches towards a common vision for Tarlac as well as an instrument that will prioritize responses to multi-stakeholder needs, e.g., programs, projects, activities, legislations and capacity development programs, as well as putting into action local development plans.
Considered as a “powerful vehicle for effective local governance,” Tarlac Province’s ELA has the following important uses: to lead the executive and the legislative branches towards a unified vision, mission, goals, and objectives; to enable the executive and legislative branches to agree on priority problems and issues; to help the LGU focus on a set of interventions towards the attainment of a common set of objectives and goals; to increase the chances for implementation of priority programs of the executive department, if the legislative branch formulates ordinances in support of the current administration; and to speed up the implementation of priority projects. (DILG, Enhanced CDP Guide 2009)
Valuing Fundamentals of Good Governance
Valuing good governance within the province requires fiscal prudence. Tarlac gained much in terms of economic and financial advancement proof of such is the leap of the budget from 1.7B in 2015 to 2.4B this 2016, ranking no. 5 among 81 provinces on locally sourced revenues, and virtually debt-free. Acknowledgement is given to the previous administration who have practiced good fiscal prudence to achieve financial development. All government elected officials and employees are expected to efficiently and effectively deliver the basic services to the people practicing transparency and accountability as what constituents demand and expect from the current administration.
As part of the governance framework, PGT take into consideration government programs with positive results and impact, promotion of people’s participation and empowerment, innovation, transferability and sustainability, and efficiency of program service delivery.
Enhancing the growth of the local economy is Tarlac’s stepping stone for sustainable development. Tarlac is on its way as an investment destination as it opens up the province to various investors through Master Planning, strategic and crucial for a stable local economy. The advancement of grassroots entrepreneurship, local development, inter-regional trade relations, export of Tarlac’s products, business innovation, and excellence, as well as operating efficiently will warrant the path to economic success. This is where Industrial Development through Industrial Economic Enterprise and Tourism Economic Enterprise come in the agenda. Manpower Development rests on Education, Skills & Livelihood Training, and Workshops. This is the framework in establishing all provisions of basic modules for skills training province-wide so that all workers employed maximize production and foster efficient work ethics.
In connection with economic growth, part of the planning is the continuous development of Tarlac as an investment destination through IT Park, BPO, Green City, OFW Investment Center, and Microfinance program to all barangays province-wide.
Environmental Governance aims for a pollution free communities giving importance to solid waste management programs. Using Green energy is an imperative being part of the global movement against climate change. Goals like Zero Waste, clean and sufficient water, renewable energies like solar and biomass, as well as E-Trike Vehicle program are put in the table. PGT continuously cooperates with all DFF-CCA Programs as part of the government’s response to climate change. Development of Renewable Energy Sources and Pursuit of Clean Technology are also included in the agenda.
Social Governance – Education
To become globally competitive PGT has to address mismatch of training and courses offered and the skills needed for available and future employment. Within the education agenda is the titling of lands for all Public Schools province-wide.
For the health sector, emphasis is given to the continuous support of public health programs, strengthening of curative health services, capacitating health human resources, hiring of needed health workers per quality of standards, procurement/ acquisition of equipment for Tarlac Provincial Hospital (TPH) and District Hospitals, and reactivation of Population Commission (POPCOM). More so, the current administration would continuously upgrade Provincial health buildings, facilities, equipment, organization, management, and personnel
Proposed Renovation Work of TPH Entry Plaza, Diwa Convention Center, Renovation of Capitol Building, Maria Cristina Park are part of the Infrastructure Development of the Government. More so, this includes the new Legislative Building, Hall of Justice, Drug Rehabilitation, IT Park/ Training Center, Tourism Center, Farm to Market Roads, and Centro ng Tarlac Development Roads leading to tourism sites and tourism facilities.
Public Order and Safety
In line with His Excellency President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, one agenda set on public order and safety is stamping out criminality and addressing drug problem that affects the population. It is an imperative to maintain Tarlac as a “drug-free” province in Central Luzon. Another one is putting up residential Rehab Center after due consideration of all factors needed for its sustainability together with a Wellness Center.
In terms of Disaster Preparedness and Risk Management within the province, priority is given in capacitating among the citizenry a deep sense of involvement in all disaster reduction and risk management as well as climate change adaptation.
For the development of current administration and government service, resolutions authorizing the Governor to enter into a MOA with national government agencies down to the municipal towns and lone city up to the barangay level in the implementation of national programs and projects are put in the agenda in the whole 3-year term of the current administration. Moreover, there are other resolutions discussed such as: (1) resolution authorizing the Governor to grant donations to component towns and barangays of the Province of Tarlac (for Social, Economic, Environmental, and Infrastructure Development projects); (2) resolution authorizing the Governor to grant donations to Public Schools; (3) resolution authorizing the Governor to grant donations to accredited/recognized Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Civic groups, and People’s Organizations (POs); (4) resolution authorizing the Governor to accept donations from other government and non-government organizations or private individuals
The Provincial Government of Tarlac Development Strategies take into account
also the following:
01. Strict compliance and monitoring of government programs and projects (CBMS and Internal Auditing System)
02. Enhancement of Human Resource (HR) Capabilities
03. Capacity Building of Respective Offices and Agencies
04. Implementation of National Laws at the Local Level
05. Institutionalization of E-Government System
06. Streamlining of local government processes (permit, fees, etc.)
07. Reactivation of Local Special Bodies and other committees of the LGU
08. Strengthening of Local Civil Service Organizations (CSOs)
09. Updating of Citizen’s Charter
10. ISO Compliant Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) – PEO as an ISO- Certified Organization
11. Procurement of Engineering and DRR equipment
12. Financial Accountability and Transparency
13. Computerization Project
14. Updating of the Tarlac Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) and the Provincial Development Investments Program (PDIP)
15. Reorganization of various Provincial Councils as mandated by National Government agencies