Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
The Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) of the World Bank recently cited Negros Occidental as one of the three model provinces for rural development projects implementation in the country.
Aside from Negros Occidental, Kalinga and Quirino provinces from Luzon were also cited as the model provinces out of the country's 81 provinces. The big difference for our province is the Provincial Project Management and Implementing Unit (PPMIU) that is focused on implementing PDRDP projects and how provincial officials ensure compliance with all the requirements needed to be transparent and accountable to the World Bank and PRDP national office to make sure that all the projects are intended to develop the countryside.
Aside from showcasing the best practices that made Negros Occidental a model province, such citations means the World Bank that has been funding projects in Negros Occidental under PRDP since 2015 could entrust our province to deploy more projects that can develop our countryside and benefit our people. Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal said project proposals have already been submitted by the PPMIU that are up for implementation this year or early next year.
Recognition of our provincial government's efforts and achievements from the World Bank is not only a source of pride for the hardworking officials involved in the rural development projects; it is also a source of continued funding and more projects. The officials of our province who made this distinction possible have already earned the recognition of the World Bank and the gratitude of the beneficiaries of the PRDP projects that have been successfully implemented. It is time we recognize their achievements as well and wish them the best of luck as they continue to work for the development of our countryside and show the rest of the country how it is supposed to be done.*