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2012 State of the Province Address
By Oscar Moreno, Governor of Misamis Oriental, Philippines


On Human Resource Management and Development. For many years, the Provincial Government operated without one of its most crucial departments, the Human Resource Management Office and without a management and development framework of its labor force. The creation of the Human Resource Management Office as a department and the approval of Human Resource Management and Development Plan or the HRMDP, realized only in 2011, would hopefully promote the overall well-being of our personnel complement.

With much assistance from the PRMF Project, staff capacity and technical skills development and upgrading have been undertaken to improve systems and processes initially along our services on Engineering, Environment, Local Finance, Procurement, Internal Control Human Resource, Management Information System, and Development Planning.

Other than the HRMDP, various major provincial plans and first-ever of their kinds were also formulated: The PDPFP 2008-2013 and its component PDIP (with technical assistance from NEDA-10) that mapped the overall development targets of the Province; the Provincial Road Network and Development Plan which sets the priority provincial roads for rehabilitation and improvement; the Strategic Financial Management Plan which indicated strategies on improving our fiscal capacity; the Audit Plans that would look into the internal mechanisms and processes of various departments and offices and the ICT/GIS Plan which aid us in our digital readiness.

Use of GPS is already undertaken initially for the inventory of provincial roads along 202 core road sections. The e-budgeting system is adopted to facilitate faster production of funds utilization reports. The issuance of receipts by the Provincial Treasury Office is now automated. The Provincial Development Council Non-Government Organization members expressed their participation in the local development planning processes by engaging in the various areas of concern of the Provincial Government (budgeting, procurement, physical works, and impact assessment).

We adopted Monitoring and Evaluation of projects, from doing an inspectorate kind of monitoring of infrastructure projects and started with assessing the impact of our undertakings in the beneficiary- community. This is an area that we are partnering strongly with the non-government organizations, showing transparency in the implementation of projects.

We also created the Department for Environment to carry out the devolved functions of the DENR to us; the Health Insurance Department to focus on the Philhealth Sponsorship Program implementation and its related initiatives; the Early Childhood Care and Development Department to support the Government Daycare Program for children aged five (5) years and below, other than rehabilitation of health facilities of various barangays; the Internal Audit Department to check the workability of internal systems and operations of the Capitol Departments and the MisOr Provincial Hospitals. The capacity of our Management Information System Division has also been augmented.

On Disaster Preparedness And Impact Mitigation. Prior to the move of the NEDA on mainstreaming the Disaster Risk Reduction Plan in the PDPFP, we have already outlined our strategies on disaster mitigation and prevention due to our experiences in the past that required disaster management. A strengthened council on disaster coordination allowed us to respond and provide relief assistances during the storm surges and floods in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City.

Risk assessment on environmentally critical areas and hazard zones (i.e. prone to liquefaction, ground shaking, flooding, rain-induced landslide and earthquake-induced landslide) based on initial inputs of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the Phivolcs has been undertaken and corresponding digital maps are now available in the Capitol.

On Peace and Order Management. We were able to transform Sitio Lantad (Kibanban, Balingasag) with the dedication of a pro-active Provincial Peace and Order Council, which enabled us to gain the Galing Pook Awards on January 30, 2011.

The Laguindingan Airport Development Project or The LADP. We gained the trust of the national government to undertake the land acquisition process for the 4-kilometer access road component of this flagship project in Moog, Laguindingan. Related concerns were made easier because of an inter-agency committee which we provided leadership. Currently, we take the lead in a regional committee that plans for the infrastructure and support facility requirements of the LADP. To date, the airport project is 87 percent completed.

Sports Development. We were able to produce names in the international arena for muay thai (Jonathan Polosan) boxing (Milan Melindo and Delfin Boholst) and chess (Richelieu Salcedo), though using our Provincial Government funds. We also provided a boxing dormitory for potential boxers as support to their sustainable training program. We revitalized our capacity of hosting national sports events by refurbishing the Misamis Oriental Sports Center. [Next: Conclusion]

Introduction | Poverty Alleviation | Revenue Generation | Investment in Infrastructure | MISORTEL Resuscitation | Education | Environmental Protection and Management | Hospital and Health Systems | Agricultural Productivity | Teamwork and Streamlined Bureaucracy | Conclusion

Main information from Department of Trade and Industry-Misamis Oriental.