On September 20-23, 2022 the entire officialdom (elected officials and department and section heads) of the Municipal Government of Taytay, Palawan headed by Hon. Christian V. Rodriguez, Municipal Mayor on the part of the Executive Department and Hon. Delma P. Edep, Municipal Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer, and the Sangguniang Bayan for the legislative department – met at Puerto Princesa City to formulate the Municipality’s Executive-Legislative Agenda (ELA) for CY 2023-2025; and three (3) other development plans – formulation of Local Development Investment Program (LDIP) for CY 2023-2025, Devolution Transition Plan (DTP) Updating and Capacity Development (CapDev) Plan Revisiting.
The four (4) day activity aims to set direction for the municipality in the next three years through the ELA which serves as an implementing mechanism for the harmonization of development initiatives formulated according to the consultative and participative inputs from various stakeholders.
Participants were grouped into sectors according to the 6-Point Development Agenda – Food Security, Healthy Taytayano, Safe, Secured and Satisfied Community, Improved Education, Improved Local Revenue, and Improved Government Institution. Before sailing into the workshop proper, they revisited the municipality’s vision and mission as all the plans will be anchored on these. From the presentations per sector and after thorough deliberation, the revised version of the Development Vision approved during the plenary and adopted by the Sangguniang Bayan through Resolution No. 118, series of 2022 is:
“By 2030, Taytay will be a premier municipality in Palawan, with empowered, resilient and God – fearing people, robust agriculture, dynamic economy; sustained environment and ecologically – sound, disaster – resistant infrastructure, led by gender responsive and capable managers.”
And the adopted Development Mission is:
“To be a premier municipality in Palawan, Taytayanos will work together in pursuing economic growth through sustainable development and climate-resilient investments.”
Resource speakers from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Palawan, namely, Patrick Reimund Atienza, LGOO V; April Grace Halili, MLGOO Culion; Mery Sumondong, MLGOO Kalayaan, and Aizel Jane Delos Angeles, MLGOO Taytay, introduced 5 workshops and how each should be accomplished. The Municipal Mayor also presented the 6-point development agenda before each sector worked on their respective ELA worksheets. Participants actively contributed their ideas and insights in the drafting of outputs for workshops 1-5. Outputs from the Municipal Summit on September 14, 2022 were also incorporated. During the entirety of the workshop, DILG representatives provided feedback and guidance among sectoral groups.
After completion of workshops 1-5 outputs, each sector identified the Programs, Projects and Activities and ranked them according to priority using the urgency test. Using the top PPAs from each sector, another urgency test was done to determine the priority PPAs as a whole. The table below shows the Top 20 PPAs derived from the workshop outputs.
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT PROGRAM (LDIP) AND ELA STRUCTURED PPAs
Acquisition of Land for the Proposed Public Cemetery
Establishment of Economic Facilities such as: Cemetery, Terminal, Convention Center, upgraded Slaughter house
Construction of Municipal Warehouse and Fuel Depot
Acquisition of Land for the Proposed Public Terminal
Construction and Development of Public Terminal
Safe and Potable Water System in Every Barangay
Provision of fund for the Enactment of an ordinance prescribing the Investment Code
Provision for fund for the Revision, amendments and update of existing local policies/codes
Enactment of the Zoning Code of the Municipality
Establishment of electronic collection system for the LGU/ funding for the implementation for suitable mode of payment available for everyone
Installation of Basic Medical Equipment (Main Health Center, Baras, Paglaum, Beton, Sandoval, Minapla, Cataban, Talog, New Guinlo & Bantulan)
, Birthing Facility Equipment for Brgys. Calawag, Banbanan, Batas, Bato & Pancol
Establishment of Hatchery/ Poultry Farm
Updating and Strengthening of Codes, Policies and Procedures
Titling in Favor of the LGU the Existing Reclamation Area
Design and construction of additional water treatment plant in remaining barangays except Barangay Pamantolon, Old Guinlo and Bantulan
Establishment/ Operation of Year-Round BOSS (Business One Stop Shop)
Construction of Irrigation Systems
Establishment of Demonstration Farms
Purchase of Transport and Heavy Equipment for Solid Waste Management Operations
Scholarships grants or financial assistance to poor and deserving students with return service agreement
These PPAs will be the basis of funding and development efforts for the ensuing years.
Capacity Development Agenda (CapDev) and Devolution Transition Plan (DTP) were also revisited for alignment with other plans and programs. Department and Section heads worked on their CapDev to better equip their respective offices in the delivery of services to the Taytayanos. LDIP, ELA, CAPDEV, and DTP were printed, bound, and officially transmitted to the Sangguniang Bayan by the Municipal Mayor, after which outputs were consolidated. The Sangguniang Bayan convened right away, with enough number to muster quorum, the local legislative body deliberated and acted upon the transmittal and thereafter adopted the ELA 2023-2025 through Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 118, series of 2022. The program ended with the Pledge of Commitment and Support from the Municipal Mayor and the Municipal Vice-Mayor.
“It was indeed great and helpful, participative and collaborative governance at its finest as the Local Chief Executive wanted his administration should be, kudos,” a participant remarked when asked about the formulation workshop.
This endeavor and its output is a manifestation of the executive and legislative departments’ oneness in our quest for a better “Taytay, una sa lahat.”