The environment, agri-fishery, tourism and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) presented their respective six year development plans during the Validation on Environment-Economic Integration and Orientation on 2017-2022 Regional Industrial Development Program (RIDP)Consultation Workshop on November 21, 2016 at the Guimaras National Crop Research, Development and Production Support Center Function Hall, San Miguel, Jordan.
The four sub-sectors of Environment-Economic expounded their output on issues and concerns, objectives, strategies project activities and legislative measures of the said development plan.
The said planning activity forms part of the process of updating the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) of the province.
Household or community level, insufficient supply of potable water, saltwater intrusion, contaminants and contamination, run-off of excess pesticides and fertilizers, degradation of coastal resources, rivers, creeks and other bodies of water, construction or development, and other human activities, were some of the issues and concerns cited by the environment sector.
Meanwhile, the agri-fishery sector explained that poor quality of mango fruits (for consumption) harvested was due to immature or early harvesting, poor farm management and adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) because of Mango Growers’ fair understanding and lack of reward/incentives and financing to practice GAP, and lack of mango tree rehabilitation effort causes decreasing yield/tree were some of the major concerns in their sector that needed response.
Further, the tourism sector mentioned that an environmentally sustainable and competitive agri-eco and other tourism attractions developed, destinations of the existing tourism circuits enhanced and upgraded according to DOT standards, new agri-fishery-eco-adventure & other tourism-related products or destinations developed, and Guimaras destinations promotions strategy improved were some of the identified objectives to be done within the six years of the said development plan.
Moreover, to have capacitated business groups and individual producers/processors to be self-reliant, address the need of basic services of potential investors and to have capacitated producers/processors in marketing were some of the investment sector’s goals to be accomplished.
“Part ini sang process sa PDFPD updating pero naka focus lang ini sa environment kag economic. Kay sa Gimaras ang aton gid pinaka asset sa tourism and atun natural environment so dapat atun gid protektaran ini even may mga tourism development kita nga gusto, we still have to preserve our natural environment kay kung atun pabay-an lng mapatay gid ang atun tourism industry so critical gid ini kay part ini sang atun economic driver for the development of Guimaras”, said Nolinda Ronzales, Asst. Provincial Planning Development Office/OIC.
“So ang mga output sang sini nga activity integrated kay makita gid sang kada sub-sector sang envi-econ ang link na mga concerns or direction nga dapat e-validate kag e-finalize kag para man madetermine natun ang dapat ma achieve by 2022 as far as the tourism, environment, agri-fishery and MSMEs are concerned” she added.
PDPFP is the document formulated at the provincial level that “merges the traditionally separate provincial physical framework plan and provincial development plan to address the disconnect between spatial and sectoral factors and between medium- and long-term concerns”.
Further, it covers the “long-term vision of the province, and identifies development goals, strategies, objectives/targets and corresponding PPAs which serve as primary inputs to provincial investment programming and subsequent budgeting and plan implementation” (Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2007). (PIO/GUIMARAS)