BRIEF PROFILE OF TARLAC

Administrative Boundaries

Tarlac has 17 municipalities and 1 city grouped into three (3) Congressional Districts as seen on the table on the left side. Tarlac Province has 511 barangays distributed within the 17 municipalities and lone city. Tarlac City is the most urbanized, in terms of services, and has the largest built-up area. But unlike cities of similar development in the country, it remains to be predominantly agriculture in character as evidenced by the large tracts of agricultural land and open space surrounding the Poblacion.

Local Economy of Tarlac Province

Tarlac is basically an Agricultural based economy, located in the heart of Central Luzon. The 112,997.57 hectares of land are concentrated on agricultural production. Rice and Corn are the top 2 commodities planted in the province with 2 to 3 cropping a year. With this vast of land concentrated on agricultural, Tarlac is being known for the lowland vegetables such as Tomato, Eggplant, String Beans, Ampalaya, Okra, Pechay, Mustard, this are planted during the onset of dry season (2nd cropping alternate for the major crops). Root Crops planted are Sweet Potato, Gabi, Ube, Turnips, Onion, Garlic (upland areas) One of crop being exported to Japan is the “Japanese Okra” situated in the Municipality of Lapaz.

Inland Fish production is also being practiced, were Tilapia and Milkfish are produced. Orchards occupies 10,498.65 hectares planted with the local fruit trees, star apple, tamarind, avocado and the most common sweet mangoes which are exported to ASEAN countries. The province is also known in the production of Sugarcane, with production area of 11,035.90 hectares, with the presence of the LUISITA Sugar Mills located in Tarlac City.

Social Development

In terms of Social Development, PGT ensures that ordinary Tarlaqueño families live in a peaceful, orderly community with decent homes, and to enable residents to be responsible for their personal, health and social responsibilities through proper education and basic life skills.

The ELA uplifts the standard of living through the coordination of government agencies in policy implementation and government programs. The new administration prioritizes on Human Capital Development focusing on giving employment to all fresh graduates.

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.

Institutional Development

The Provincial Bureaucracy, which is Tarlac Provincial Government, is relatively large and complex. There are currently 25 government offices (manned by permanent, casual, and job orders) performing various functions: staff/support functions, service delivery and regulatory. The Provincial General Services Office has the highest
proportion and, in absolute terms, most number of irregular and non-permanent personnel.

Some of these offices are mandated by the 1991 Local Government Code (e.g., the Provincial Population Program Office, the Provincial Planning and Development Office), while others are creations of the province and largely performing staff functions for the provincial government (e.g., Provincial Information Office).

One of the main priority of PGT is defining clearly the lines of accountability and supervision, and achieve complementation among various agencies with a view towards greater efficiency and productivity for the entire provincial government bureaucracy. Throughout the years, there were numerous attempts to streamline the provincial bureaucracy towards greater efficiency and productivity. Currently, PGT already applying strategic performance management system towards best practices wherein all PGT employees have a specific role in being a dynamic instrument and vibrant catalyst in public service that fosters excellence in promoting the people’s welfare through the 5 pillars of development namely, education – health – food sufficiency – employment – and environment, creating then a culture of professionalism, accountability, and good governance.