CATARMAN, Northern Samar, 18 April (PIA) – The Provincial Development Council of the Province of Northern Samar needs to update and formulate its Provincial Development Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) and Annual Investment Plan (AIP) for 2017-2023 as this is the source document of the annual budget.
Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Romeo M. Cardenas said that Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 series of 2007, requires LGUs to harmonize local planning, investment programming, revenue administration, budgeting and expenditure management through the formulation of the Provincial Development and Physical Framework and Plan (PDPFP) and Provincial Development Investment Plan (PDIP).
He explained that PDPFP is the over-arching long term spatial plan that translates the vision of the province into development goals, objectives and policies where available resources and policies can be harnessed and maximized and where major investments will be put in place, while the PDIP is a six-year planning document that ranks and prioritizes the programs and plans formulated in the PDPFP and matches the prioritized list with the investment financing capacity of the province.
He informed the council that Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 was passed into law and paved the way for the need to adopt a disaster risk reduction and management approach that is holistic, comprehensive, integrated, and proactive in lessening the socio-economic and environmental impacts of disasters including climate change, and promote the involvement and participation of all sectors and stakeholders concerned, at all levels, especially the local community.
Because of this, guidelines were developed to incorporate natural disaster risk reduction efforts in development planning processes, thus, LGUs are now required to ensure that their respective plans follows the development of policies, actions and measures pertaining to all aspects of disaster risk reduction and management, including good governance, risk assessment and early warning, knowledge building and awareness raising, reducing underlying risk factors, and preparedness for effective response and early recovery, he stressed.
To fast track the realization of the 2017-2023 PDPFP, the organization of a technical working group who will carry out the activities of the updating and ensure the drafting of the chapters of the PDPFP should be undertaken with the provincial planning and development office as the secretariat, he concluded. (ajc/tbcardenas/PIA8-N.Samar)