Aquino amends framework for countryside development

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Friday, August 12, 2011

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III issued Proclamation 212 amending the framework for countryside development and making it consistent with the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.

Proclamation 212 amended Proclamation 75 entitled, “Declaring the month of February as Countryside Development Month,” signed by then President Joseph Estrada on January 29, 1999.

Proclamation 75 is in line with the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (1998-2003) that emphasizes countryside development as key to national economic recovery and the attainment of Newly Industrial Country (NIC) status by the year 2000.

It noted “that a shift in the development strategies from the metropolis to the countryside augurs well for economic decentralization and the preparation of the country in economic integration with other Asean Free Trade Area (Afta).”

The new proclamation, on the other hand, which was signed on August 1, 2011 by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., ensured that the framework for countryside development is consistent with the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.

“Both the 16-Point Agenda of the President and Executive Order (EO) 43 highlight the importance of rural development in relation to economic growth, as well as the need to recognize farms and rural enterprises as vital to achieving food security and more equitable economic growth, worthy of re-investment for sustained productivity,” the President said in the new proclamation.

The Aquino administration’s 16-point agenda include human development; infrastructure development; economic development; sovereignty, security and rule of law; and good governance.

“Countryside development with focus on private initiative will encourage an effective, sustained and valuable development program that will provide gainful employment, ensure food security and enable families to improve their standard of living,” Aquino said.

He noted that a shift in the development strategies from urban centers to the countryside is a positive step towards national economic decentralization and the preparation of the country for greater economic cooperation with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (Asean).

He stressed that promoting mutually beneficial linkages between the countryside and the major markets through e-commerce will enable a simple and more efficient marketing strategy for countryside products.

Aquino also proclaimed February of every year as Countryside Development Month with the Department of the Interior and Local Government as lead agency in cooperation with local government units. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)

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