eastern samar

TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) -– The Eastern Samar provincial government is seeking a PHP7.67 billion outlay to finance local harmonized development priorities through nine national government agencies and local government units in the province from 2015 to 2016.

The province asked the Regional Development Council (RDC) to support the harmonized initiative drafted by local government officials, congressional office of the lone district in the province, and government agencies based in Eastern Samar.

“Harmonization will translate into programs and services that are coordinated to reduce, if not eliminate, duplication and wastage in project implementation,” the provincial government said, in its letter sent to the RDC.

Of the PHP7.67 proposed budget, PHP134.35 million is from the Department of Interior and Local Government, PHP1.12 billion from the Department of Public Works and Highways, PHP64.57 million from the Department of Agrarian Reform, and PHP597 million from the National Irrigation Administration.

Also included are PHP41.64 million from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, PHP301 million from the Philippine Coconut Authority, PHP190 million from the Department of Education, PHP84.16 million from Eastern Samar State University, and PHP7.1 million from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Borongan City, the provincial capital and 22 towns are seeking PHP1.61 billion while the provincial government needs PHP3.51 billion in the next two years.

Priorities are based on the approved five-year provincial development investment program and approved annual investment plan for 2015.

The RDC endorsed last week the project to the national government for funding. (PNA)