Governor, Lanao del Norte

It is indeed an honor and privilege to be given a fresh mandate to lead Lanaodel Norte for a third term. Since this is my last term as  Local Chief Executive, I consider the next three years as legacy years.  Thus, I’d like to see fruition of the programs I have started to build a long lasting legacy for the people I served for nine years.

As we reminisce on what we have achieved in the past six years and look forward to what we wish to accomplish in the next three years, let us not  lose sight of our long term vision: to become a globally competitive agri-industrial community of God loving, ecology conscious, culturally diverse people working together in peace and harmony to achieve equity and prosperity.

Our development programs during my previous terms revolved around the three point agenda: social development, infrastructure and rural livelihood; with good governance as an overarching development agenda.

These development programs are designed to reinforce and complement each other to propel  socio-economic development and address bottlenecks to mitigating the province’s poverty situation.

In line with social development, our comprehensive health sector reform program is considered a huge success in three major aspects: ensuring constituents’ access to quality health care, upgrading the quality of hospital facilities, improving service delivery and reengineering provincial hospital operations to become viable economic enterprises. These initiatives contributed much to the continuing improvement in the health status of our constituents while at the same time giving more access to the less fortunate constituents.

The province will continue to provide free medical care and services to indigentsand sustain its community based health referral system through PVHWS.

A total of 3.3 Million hospital physical improvement projects were implemented for 2012 above.We attained increasesin occupancy rates in all six provincial hospitals with significant increase recorded for Kapatagan and Kauswagan Provincial Hospitals.

All these initiatives were made possible through various resource mobilization strategies.

We were able to provide support to groups with special needs such as pre-school children, elementary school children,  youth, women, senior citizens, indigent families and poor communities.We have implemented the following major programs either using our own local resources or in partnership with the national government and donor communities: PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program or popularly known as 4Ps, MakamasangTugon, Essential Health Care Package,  Food for School Program, KabarangayanSigurado Program, and Support to Basic Education Program. KALAHI-CIDDS is a major convergence program for poverty alleviation where 112 community driven social infrastructure subprojects worth P411 M have been implemented.  MLGUs provide 30% counterpart of the total cost of a subproject  while the provincial government provide 50% funding support.

To date, PGLDN has released a total of P35.3M from the province’s 20% development fund.  A total amount of P18.7 M of which were downloaded to LGUs from 2012 to June 2013.  The municipality of Kapatagan and Lala got the lion’s share of subprojects being able to reach the 3rd cycle implementation.

We have provided counterpart funds for the construction of 29 classrooms in Kapatagan and 10 in Lala for KALAHI-CIDDS AUSAID Project.This is to recognize the vital role of the youth in nation building,  asfuture leaders not only to our province, and  to  the whole nation, as well.

Our desire to have a lasting peace and harmony in the province is reflected as one of the elements of our long term vision.  Among the efforts towards this end is the  provision of financial support to demand driven projects in conflict affected municipalities for their full socio-economic recovery.A total of P88.8M grant under the KALAHI-PAMANA were released to 11 conflict affected municipalities.  As of April this year, Kolambugan, Linamon, Kauswagan and Bacolod were able to complete tire path, drainage canal, farm to market road and peace centers.

Under PAMANA Pillar 2, a total of 79.6 M were downloaded to the province for community driven development and livelihood interventions for six municipalities (Kolambugan, Tangkal, Kauswagan, Poona Piagapo, Salvador and Munai).

Continuing partnership with UNWFP’s was made possible with Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations (PRRO) to assist Internally Displaced Persons while at the same time address our priorities to maternal and child nutrition and sustainablelivelihood.  Mangrove rehabilitation and watershed reforestation were among the specific activities assisted under the program.

Meanwhile, my bottomline in pursuing rural livelihood is to provide greater opportunities for rural folks who depend on agriculture to increase their family incomes.

I hope that I would see concrete results on the following programs and strategies we have implemented to promote rural livelihood: sustained implementation of production support programs for rice, corn, vegetables and high value crops, aquaculture fishery, mariculture park, livestock enterprise development and product promotion.

To harness our economic potential, we proactively support the implementation of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP).  The province through the eight enrolled municipalities implemented 21 Rural Infrastructure (RI) subprojects, 17 of which are farm to market roads costing P142.55M.  The provincial government  shared 50% of MLGUs’ 10% equity with a total counterpart of P9.37M released to recipient LGUs.

Under MRDP’s Community Fund for Agriculture Development (CFAD),  the provincial CFAD Fund of P10M was allocated to support qualified Peoples Organization (POs) for the following projects:  processing of coconut husks into different by products such as coco coir, integrated support to organic rice production,cattle fattening and halal meat production.  Other CFAD funds are directly released to MLGUS.

We were able to provide quality rice post harvest services through the establishment of Provincial Grains Processing Center at Kapatagan Provincial Nursery.  This facility generated P6.75M revenues in 2012, the initial year of operation.

In conformity with the principle of participating governance, we encouraged participation of non-governmental organizations, community based/sectoral organizations in the promotion of home grown processed products through OTOP.In collaboration with producer groups and other line agencies ,  we were able to produce calamansiconcentrate, honeymansiconcentrate, fish sardines,  boneless dried fish,  coconut sugar, banana chips, peanut products, nangkapreserves, processed seaweed, herbal products and palapa (local spice).  Interventions for producer groups include: trainings on organizational and enterprise management, technical skills, market linkaging and resource mobilization.

Our endeavor to develop economic enterprise is a creation of livelihood opportunities which is a necessary means to improve the living condition of our constituents.

We have vigorously promoted our province in two ways: participation in regional and national tourism events and hosting of big events taking advantage of our world class facility, the Mindanao Civic Center.

The province had participated and received awards in national events.As integral part of the annual celebration of ArawngLanaodel Norte, tourism events are highlighted. Big events such as concerts and local and international motocross have been hosted by the province at the world class Mindanao Civic Center.

Much have been accomplished in the area of infrastructure. It was during my first term that big ticket, foreign funded road projects were fully completed. These are the 8.8 kilometer SBS – GMA Loop Farm to Market Road in Kapatagan and the 54 kilometer Metro Iligan Regional Infrastructure Development Project benefiting the municipalities of Tagoloan, Baloi, Linamon, Matungao, Kauswagan and Munai.

We were able to rehabilitate and upgrade our provincial roads. Among them are asphalting of Lala-Market-Donggoanroad, concreting portion of Maranding– Salvador, Road Stabilization of Kapatagan–Sapad, and Improvement of Malingao– Bualan road.

The provincial government has taken proactive role in implementing other major rural infrastructure programs. We have provided technical and financial support to municipal LGUs in the construction and rehabilitation of farm to market roads under the rural infrastructure component of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP). Likewise, several infrastructure projects were undertaken through Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Public Works under Congressman Abdullah Dimaporo’s Priority Development Assistance Fund.The projects include multipurpose buildings, a hanging bridge, hospital renovation, road rehabilitation, water systems and community facilities.

I consider good governance as an all embracing area of concern realizing that it is a basic ingredient for successful and sustainable programs.  With development planning mechanisms in place, we were awarded for the outstanding performance of the province’s Provincial Development Council and its Project Monitoring Committee.  Both awards were given by the Regional Development Council Region X.

Administrative and governance reforms initiated  during my first term include: streamlining operation of economic enterprises, computerization of real property tax assessment system, strengthening database for poverty focused planning through Community Based Monitoring System, capacity building for planning skills, strengthening of network and linkages with donor communities, civil society, business sector and other development partners.

These are not reasons though to rest on our laurels.  Much more is expected of us now that we have put Lanaodel Norte on the regional and national scene, and to a certain extent in the international scene.

We shall continue to pursue our medium term development direction which translates our vision into measurable terms, viz: (1) reduction in the magnitude of poor families, (2) increasing access to basic services, amenities and utilities , (3) improvement in the state of critical ecosystems (4) increasing community resilience to natural and human induced disasters, and (5) more reforms in local governance.

In my last term, I will sustain the programs which gained significant milestones; and implement new and innovative ones to ensure achievement of our goals.

Management of our coastal resources in cooperation with MLGUs is a significant element  in our effort for tourism promotion.   We do not allow our rich coastal resources to be corrupted  from illegal fishing.  Its protection and preservation is our concern. In coordination with BFAR,  we  should have to enforce our fishery laws and other environmental laws and develop local capacities for environmental management planning and implementation.

Livelihood is our strategic action to integrate environmental programs.Our coastal resources are crucial in our effort for livelihood and enterprise development.  With the Department of Trade and Industry, we have to continuously strengthen our programs for product development and improvement  to include our agri-aquatic resources in the province’s OTOP products. In the same vein a creation of livelihood opportunities to our constituents.

Based on DSWD report,implementation of 4Ps have positive impact in our province.  It is instrumental in attaining a 90% enrollment rate.  The level of awareness of preventive health care has increased to 91% and 86% increase on immunization rate.As of December 2012, an approximate amount of P1.6 billion of cash grants was released to 58,275 beneficiaries in 22 municipalities.  The number of beneficiaries constitute 95.8% of the total 60,773 registered beneficiaries.

We will sustain efforts to improve agricultural efficiency, profitability and climate changeresiliency to include farm diversification program, farmer’s entrepreneurship program and product development among others.

To achieve disaster resiliency and ensure minimum consequenciesof disaster events, we continue to strengthen the role of the PDRRMC.  We will put premium on disaster prevention and mitigation, as well as disaster preparedness in our provincial DRRM plans and programs.

It is also our challenge to promote and enforce professionalism in government service with competitive salaries, hardworking employees and sustained unity among employees.

It is my advocacy that employees as public officers must always be accountable to the people and serve them with utmost responsibility and integrity.

The support and assistance of our SangguniangPanlalawigan to steer with me on the PGLDN health care, agriculture, education and peace and order concerns is essential to our endeavor to achieve our long term vision.

Time and again, I enjoin you to give your full support to make Lanaodel Norte a haven of peace and prosperity, a legacy we will leave to our future generation.

Thank you very much and may the Almighty be with us in our endeavors.