ILOILO — The Provincial Development Council (PDC) unanimously approved the P2.342 billion Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of the province for 2014.
The AIP will serve as guide in the implementation of development projects next year, explained Mario Nillos, provincial planning and development officer.
“The AIP outlines the priority programs of the Defensor administration like the enhancement of hospital and health services,” Nillos said.
The 2014 AIP consists of General Public Services: P539.8 million; Economic Services: P801.5 million; Social Services: P862.8 million and Other Services: P138.2 million.
It includes the proposed budget for the Hospital Enhancement Program (P426.6 million), Public Health Service Delivery (P92.4 million) and Health Financing for the Indigents (P110 million).
The AIP will then be forwarded to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to be translated into the 2014 budget of the Province of Iloilo.
“Not all projects listed in the AIP will be approved,” clarified Gov. Arthur Defensor, chair of the PDC. “The AIP is just a roadmap. It is a plan where we base our proposed budget for next year.”
During the meeting at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center, the PDC also elected Edwin Lariza of the Iloilo Caucus of Development NGOs (I-CODE NGOs) as its co-chair.
The AIP also includes the proposed budget for the completion of the restoration of the old Iloilo Provincial Capitol (P15 million) and the restoration of the old Iloilo Provincial Jail (P15 million) which will be turned into a museum.
The P92.3 million proposed budget for enhancement of the Iloilo Sports Complex and other utilities, and the P17-million proposed budget for Tourism Development is also included in the AIP.
The PDC is a collegial body that is mandated to review the development plans and programs of the Province of Iloilo.
It composed of representatives of non-government organizations and private groups, municipal mayors and officials of the Province of Iloilo. (Nereo C. Lujan, Capitol News/PN)