have lion's share of dev't funds
half of the province's 20% Economic Development Fund for next year has
been earmarked for agricultural development as well as for infrastructure
projects deemed as pork barrel of the chief executive and members of the
proposed Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of Catanduanes with a total funding
of P45,405,633.00 includes an allocation of P16,855,700.00 for
agriculture, with huge amounts intended for irrigation (P4,764,500.00),
research and development (P5,364,000.00), and production enhancement
other large outlay went to the "Executive/SP Outreach Program,"
a euphemism for the province's pork barrel system wherein the governor and
members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan allocate for themselves funds for
pet projects where the possibility of getting commissions is high. The
"program" was given a total funding of P6,425,111.35, nearly 15
percent of the 20% EDF.
other "pork barrel" outlay, the LGU Infrastructure Assistance,
got P5,500,000.00 at half a million each for the province's 11
municipalities. Under this outlay, each town executive gets to fund a pet
project charged to the provincial government.
planning also got a substantial outlay, with P7,400,000.00 alone going to
the preparation and approval of the long-delayed Comprehensive Land Use
Plan (CLUP) being overseen by the Provincial Planning and Development
livelihood and community development, cooperative development was
allocated P150,000 while the anti-poverty program got P650,000.00. As
mandated by a presidential directive, the anti-drug campaign was given
P2,270,181.65 or five percent of the EDF.
tourism sector also received P2,226,640.00 for promotion, events,
infrastructure support, agri-ecotourism, and signages. In the environment
sector, the province-wide Clean and Green program was earmarked
P1,133,000.00, with watershed rehabilitation and Coastal Resource
Management getting P100,000 each. The amount of P300,000 was allocated for
quarry management while P150,000 was set aside as assistance for the
implementation of fishery laws.