Davao Oriental aims to sustain dev’t initiatives

MATI CITY, DAVAO ORIENTAL — Development and sustainability are on top of the agenda of Davao Oriental, according to the two-year report of the provincial government.

“Taking off from the concrete foundations of development already laid down by the previous administration under former governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, the present leadership under Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang has taken the lead in carrying on the province’s quest towards further
development,” a flier showing the initiatives of the official said.

Dayanghirang read his state of the province address at the Provincial Capitol on Sunday, July 1, in Mati City.

The development strategy, according to Dayanghirang, was dubbed the New Local Development Strategy, or Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental (NLD).

Among the highlights of the province’s peace and order program is its anti-illegal drug campaign, which combines crime prevention as well as outreach programs.

Through the province’s NLD barangay ouutreach caravan, the province has been able to reach more than 240,000 beneficiaries in 71 out of 183 barangays since 2016.

The provincial government also launched the Lihok Nagkahiusang Lumulupyo Kontra Droga (Lihok NLD), resulting in the declaration of 148 barangays and eight local governments as clear from drugs.

According to Dayanghirang, the province currently enrolls a total of 5,564 drug reformists, and registered around 1,500 graduates across different barangays of Davao Oriental.

The development of the province is also bolstered by the direct turnover of projects by the previous administration of former governor Corazon Malanyaon and Dayanghirang’s own.

Meanwhile, the province also helped in the surrender of 136 regular New People’s Army members and 1,135 members of underground mass organizations.

Since 2016, the province has also drafted comprehensive disaster plans for local disaster risk reduction, climate change action, and disaster contingency.

In agriculture, the province was awarded the National Outstanding Rice Achiever award for 2017 and the Gawad Saka and Rice Achievers Award. The province has assisted around 57,00 farmers and 3,548 fisherfolk since 2016 through various programs.

For housing, the province has assisted 35,000 family beneficiaries in a community mortgage program in partnership with the Socialized Housing Finance Corporation. The provincial government has also come up with a comprehensive forest land use plan and a program for eco-tourism.

In eco-tourism, the province was able to spike visits from 100,000 in 2012 to 800,000 in 2018.

The province has since been declared as a tourism development area and has been included in the National Development Tourism Plan, Dayanghirang said.

For social services, Dayanghirang said the province was the only one in the region who won a child-friendly seal with all 11 passing the standards set by the Council of Children’s Welfare under the provincial category.

Davao Oriental was also the sole provincial winner of 2017′s Seal of Good Local Governance, an award conferred by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) every year.

Dayanghirang added that the province was also making waves in terms of health, agriculture, and other services.

Among the guests at Sunday’s celebration of the Province’s 51st founding anniversary was Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who represented President Rodrigo Duterte.

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