• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The proposed P5.5 billion budget for 2024 has been allocated for the priority projects of the administration of Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz disclosed yesterday.
These include various infrastructure projects, food security, training of farmers and farm mechanization, disaster response and preparedness training and purchase of additional heavy equipment, computerization and digitalization, Diaz said.
He added that the provincial government needs to repair and retrofit some infrastructure damaged by recent calamities, as well as pursue digitalization, which will primarily focus on the different hospitals and the Provincial Health Office, to ensure the smooth flow of information from the Capitol to the different supply officers and city health officers, and their respective pharmacists.
Diaz further said that the provincial government will come up with the equipment, connection, and network to comply with the Universal Healthcare Act, which will be operational by next year.
He added that “nucleus farms” for different livestock will also be established by the provincial government, along with putting up Capitol managed feed mills to support livestock farmers.
“We will have support for our corn industry, surghom, copra, and cassava needed in the formula of our own Abanse Negrense Feeds. It is expected to drastically cut the costs of all livestock breeders and raisers,” Diaz also said.*