The Provincial Planning and Development Office spearheads the conduct of the 15th Provincial Development Council Meeting at the Multi-Purpose Building, Capitol Grounds, Pigcarangan, Tubod, on September 1, 2020.

Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo and the members of the Provincial Development Council was joined by Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño of the National Economic and Development Authority 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 humbly informed the Council that the 2020 PGLDN 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 the expenses of sweeper flights and commercial sea vessels for the returning locally stranded individuals and Overseas Filipino Workers, provide relief goods to residents affected by the implementation of localized lockdown as support to the effort of the Municipal Local Government Units, to name a few, and the Bayanihan Grant to Provinces was diligently utilized for the establishment of the Provincial COVID-19 Testing Laboratory, the only laboratory duly financed by a Provincial Government, and the said funds are projected to last until December of this year.

Director Cariño, on the other hand, discussed to the Council the Northern Mindanao COVID-19 Regional Recovery Program by presenting the key strategies for Economic Sector, Social Services, Environment, Governance and Cross-Cutting Concerns, and Transportation, and encouraged the Local Government Units to create its recovery plan.

The Province of Lanao del Norte in its contribution to the regional recovery program will focus on industry and manufacturing, trade and services, Agri-production and processing, power and energy, transport, and tourism.

Also, the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program was discussed by the Regional Director. The BP2 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 and promote full employment, industrialization, and improved quality of life in rural areas. And it 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.

1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo humbly expressed the importance of collecting local taxes, especially at this time, and also suggested to the Governor for the Local Finance Committee to submit a report regarding the Real Property Tax of GNPower Kauswagan, and recommended to reclassify the land of NGCP Substation in the Municipality of Lala from agricultural to industrial.

The 15th PDC Meeting 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 the need to conduct a feasibility study and requested that it will be financed by DPWH, and inform the latter where to connect the PBB Bridge access road to Tubod-Ganassi Road, and to further endorse the said project to the Regional Development Council through the InfraCom. PIO-LDN