DAVAO del Norte is aspiring to become the local government training capital of the country, a top provincial official said.

Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said the province will soon build its own Provincial Training Center in the Island Garden City of Samal that will cater to the training needs of local government officials and employees in the province.

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Del Rosario said that he is pushing the project in response to President Benigno Aquino III's call for austerity in the government.

The governor recently declared a moratorium on unnecessary travels of provincial officials and employees to other parts of the country and abroad, in keeping with the President's thrust underscoring budget discipline in the country.

He said the modest P5-million training center will become an integral component of his thrust of cost reduction and revenue generating measures in the Provincial Government.

"I think it is worth it," he said, as he presented his agenda to the new members of the Provincial Board, during the recent Legislative Summit in Davao City.

By putting the project, the governor expects the Provincial Government will save a lot of millions of pesos previously spent on liberal and unnecessary travels of Capitol officials and employees attending trainings and seminars outside the province.

"We have to conserve our resources so we can undertake more projects," he said, reiterating his new administration's shift from hard infrastructures to his three development cornerstones for the next three years, namely: human-centered development, people-empowerment and public-private partnership projects.

In the light of massive reforms taking place in the government, the governor thought it best to establish the training center so that the province can ensure the quality of trainings and seminars given to local government units (LGU) personnel.

He said the province will create its own pool of trainers, in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The local chief executive said the project will first cater to local officials and employees in Davao del Norte before eventually opening its doors to all the local government units in the country.

He said the plan is to ultimately make Davao del Norte as the local government training capital of the Philippines.

Aside from becoming an important economic enterprise for the province, the facility is also aimed at developing the province and the island city as a destination for all LGUs in the country, as well.