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Agusan del Sur conducts ELA assessment

ELA Assessment Workshop ELA Assessment Workshop

TO ASSESS where the province at present is, in terms of implementations of projects, programs and activities vis a vis agreed plans for 2010-2013, a four day Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) Assessment was conducted at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City on Sept. 12-15, 2012.

The 39 participants who came representing the executive and legislative branches were formally welcomed by Vice Governor Santi B. Cane, Jr. The Strategic Direction of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur was thoroughly explained by Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza. Gov. Plaza emphasized that to achieve the vision, which is Shared Prosperity and Improved Quality of Life, we need to focus on the identified strategic themes or development thrusts which include Economic Development, Social Development, Environmental Conservation and Protection , Public Safety and Security and Transforming PGAS to become a learning and high performing organization.

In the Overview, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Hon. Gilbert G. Elorde cited the significance of ELA as it articulates the issues and concerns of the people and identifies interventions through sectoral programs and projects. Further, ELA identifies the legislative measures needed to support the efficient and effective implementation of programs and projects, thus there is a need for ELA to be assessed.

Presentations and discussions on the second day include Status of Projected Income vis a vis Actual Collection for CY 2012 as of Aug. 31, 2012 by the PASTO Chairman, Mr. Alvin G. Elorde;  Status of Budget Utilization for General Fund Proper (Jan-Aug) by Provincial Budget Officer, Mr. Francisco D. Cejuela; Status of Utilization of 20% Provincial Development Fund Report as of Aug. 2012 by Provincial Accountant, Ms. Joy D. Lagat and  PGAS Reorganization and Proposed Amendments of Ordinance No. 36 series of 2009 by Provincial Administrator Mr. Jesusimo L. Ronquillo.

The third day started with a recapitulation by Prof. Edel Guiza which was immediately followed with the Updates on Enactment of Legislative Measures based on ELA by the Secretary to the Sanggunian Mrs. Baudilla A. Retuerto. The report enumerated a number of approved resolutions and enacted ordinances that support different programs in economic, social, environment, infrastructure and institutional sectors. Ecosystem-Based Sustainable Development Framework and Programs by Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Deanna Fudalan had paved the way of deeper discussions on the latest program of the province, Upland Sustainable Agri-Forestry Development (USAD) which has an initial 10 Million allocation for piloted areas namely, Bayugan, San Francisco and Rosario.

Repositioning the Provincial Training Center was presented by Dr. Rodel Maglunsod. According to Dr. Maglungsod, there is a need to reposition ASERBAC to PROVINCIAL ECONOMIC and ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE (PEEDO) to spin-off all sustainable enterprises in the next 5 years and to reduce and eventually reduce subsidy scheme and innovate business by developing new strategic business models in expanding the revenue sources. Among other recommendations, changing Provincial Training Center (PTC) to Provincial Learning Center (PLC) was also justified as to expand PLC revenue sources from purely catering and venue rentals to a facility that would support PGAS strategy as a learning organization.

Converting Democrito O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH) and Bunawan District Hospital (BDH) to Semi- Economic Enterprise by Dr. Joel Esparagoza fully explained through varied proposed strategies the need of the hospitals for Fiscal and Administrative Autonomy.

Vice Governor Cane, Jr. presented the summary of agreements, encouraging SP members to immediately start crafting the ordinances needed to support the agreed measures. Gov. Plaza, in his closing remarks emphasized the beauty of coping with change, thus revisiting plans and when necessary changing plans are acceptable if these mean better services to the constituents. 

The four-day activity ended with a closing prayer led by Gov. Plaza himself.

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