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Singson targets revenue increase, jobs in 2014

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur — Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson expects a year for increased revenue and employment generation as he laid out the groundwork to decrease the poverty level in the province.

Singson is focusing to increase by 60 percent the revenue generation of the province in the next three years or 20 percent increase yearly, to fund various infrastructure projects and livelihood in the province.

The governor crafted what he called the “Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan,” a scheme to turn Ilocos Sur around, by launching his “8 Pillars of Autonomous Economic Habitat.”

At the Capitol, the plan known as “Ryan’s 8 Pillars” refer to his agenda of: (1) Revenue Generation; (2) Public safety ;( 3) Legislate Executive Agenda; (4) Social Development; (5) Infrastructure support; (6) Economic stability; (7) Governance, Transparency; and (8) Environmental protection.

Young and idealistic, the governor personally designed the plan in his bid to introduce an economic revolution aimed at uplifting the living condition of Ilocanos.’

Governance Partners

To realize his program, Singson tapped the assistance of the Asian Institute of Managemet (AIM) through Professor Edel Vuiza, an economic expert. Sitting down with them were Ilocos Sur Representatives Ronald Singson (1st District) and Eric Singson (2nd District); and the chiefs of offices at the Capitol.

Most of the infrastructure development projects lined up for the provinces have the support of the two congressmen – Ronald, a son of former Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson, and Eric, a Chavit’s cousin.

Rep. Ronald, for example, has pushed for the enactment of a law that will create a Special Economic Zone and Freeport Area in Ilocos Sur. This will spur local and foreign investments, generate jobs and contribute to provincial and national government coffers.

His brother, Gov. Ryan, has also focused on modernizing Capitol offices and engaging their heads and personnel. He now requires every employee to undergo the biometric attendance scanning to assure the public that their taxes yield a committed service from Capitol personnel and their heads.

“Once the employees had timed in, they are banned from going outside their offices and loitering during office hours, so they can concentrate on their designated jobs,” said Dr. Enrie Mendoza, an economic expert and incumbent Provincial Planning and Development Head.

The biometric scheme accounts for every personnel and employee and ensures they are working according to their designated duties and responsibilities. The Capitol has around 1,000 employees.

Generating Revenue

On Revenue Generation, Gov. Ryan wants to increase it by 20 percent this year, a steady growth he wants to maintain for the next three years until a 60 percent revenue increase has been attained by 2016.

This is critical to the realization of his administration’s 8 Pillars of Autonomous Economic Habitat, composed mostly on infrastructure and livelihood programs.

“If there is no fund, these programs are just mere drawing, so the governor wants all hisprograms to be funded and implemented for the benefit of the public,” said Mendoza.

The economic program of the governor is expected to gain ground due to the stable political atmosphere the province is experiencing now with his brother and uncle in Congress.

Even Vice Gov. Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano is fully supportive of the young governor’s vision, being his father-in-law and having once served a term as governor and several more terms as presiding officer of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.