TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – Department and office heads of the provincial Capitol tackle the future activities and programs for the province for CY 2017. The first MANCOM meeting of 2017 is being prioritized since the budget for the province for this year is already approved during the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its recent SP session.
One of the issues being discussed during the meeting is the improvement of the system flow of the offices such as procurement and payrolls. One of the agendas was the conduct of 58th Araw ng Lanao this coming July 4, 2017.
KALSADA program was also discussed, the dream of paving all the roads in Lanao del Norte to improve the logistics and means of travel all throughout the province, this would also compliment on the projects of farm to market roads in barangays.
The Governor was also delighted to share that the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the Provincial Government didn’t decline but instead it increased even though a little, other Local Government Units didn’t go so well, an increase of the IRA would also mean that the Provincial Government could provide more general services since there has been an increase of employment in the offices/departments specially on the hospitals.
6 Hospitals has already a budget allocated for medicines alone, especially the New Kapatagan Hospital, it is said to be the biggest in the province with top class equipments, professional Nurses and best Doctors to spare. The Governor only wishes that the hospital employees will be serving the patients well and treating them generously.
One of the areas in the hospital that the governor is excited about is the paediatric ward or the area for ill children, she even went there herself with an artist to make the area more colourful and lively so that the children wouldn’t be scared of their doctors and nurses.
Security measures of the province is also one of the topics that the governor emphasized at the meeting she tasked the AFP and PNP to have more checkpoints and even set barricades to tightened the security on some entrances near the Provincial Jail in the capitol to prevent a high profile inmate Nabil Balua from being rescued. The governor doesn’t want to risk any chances of him escaping.
The Governor is excited for her plans this year and aims for the Seal of Good Local Governance award through the development of all the Municipalities from Linamon to Sultan Naga Dimaporo, with the help of the office and department heads she hopes that the end of the year will be fruitful for Lanao del Norte.