Zambo Sur provincial gov’t complex PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 July 2016 11:33

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Little did we know that the province of Zamboanga Del Sur under the leadership of Governor Antonio H. Cerilles, is undergoing transformation on an impressive scale solely funded by  the province without any assistance from other sources — national or foreign grants. The multi-million worth of infrastructure projects and programs have benefitted the constituency of the province in terms of livelihood and employment. The meager resources of the province have been utilized to spur economic progress and sustainable livelihood to alleviate poverty while at the same time to make the province a window of good governance under an able local government leadership worth emulating for nation building.

******

Take the case of the once home base of the Philippine-Australian Development Assistance Program (PADAP), a sprawling 80-hectare unproductive and barren farmland, in Barangay Dao, City of Pagadian, has now been converted into a modern Provincial Government Complex by Governor Tony cerilles, purely funded by provincial funds. The Provincial Government Complex houses practically almost all basic public service offices. A modern and spacious 350-bed capacity provincial government hospital, a sports complex with Olympic standard sports facilities and a modern rubberized oval track and field oval. On top of this modern innovation, the province of Zamboanga Del Sur has allotted an adequate space within the provincial government complex for posterity, like tribal structures of indigenous tribes of the province, to honor the province’s glorious past and beginning.

******

Today, the once sleepy PADAP compound is alive and reinvigorated by Governor Tony Cerilles  a visionary planner who believes that everything within the power of the Local Government Unit (LGU), he continues to point out, that real devolution should direct fiscal autonomy. Support LGUs with more influence in alleviating the plight of people from poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. The bigger the role given to LGUs, the decentralization of powers to local government, eventually a shift from the Unitary Government to Parliamentary Government which can also be connected by expanding the jurisdiction of a province in a scheme like an expanded local provincial government in lieu of a Federal Government. Federalism only works in an independent state.

******

One very impressive achievement of Governor Tony Cerilles is his use of the Fiscal Autonomy as provided by the Local Government Code. He totally believed that Local Government Units are not to supposedly act as banking institution and keep their resources in banks to earn interest. It should revert back to the taxpayers in terms of services and infrastructure development. Zamboanga Del Sur has improved phenomenally by using her own resources to benefit its constituents.

******

Scoop: It won’t take many years when Zamboanga Del Sur will be one of the premiere provinces in the country with a visionary planner whose heart is for the people like Governor Antonio H. Cerilles. One day Zamboanga City will wake up that Zamboanga Del Sur is far more a better place to live in, with all the preparations the provincial government is undertaking right now. You may agree or disagree.