VG Quiño reveals five-point agenda to combat poverty

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net) Bukidnon Vice Governor Clive D. Quiño said good governance, education for all, basic infrastructure support, an eco-tourism industry, and agricultural productivity are the five aspects of his agenda to combat poverty in the province.

Quiño revealed this in the run up to the elections when the Piniyalan Reporting Governance Community Project 2022-2025 interviewed him for the Aspirations for Good Governance Key Information Interviews with Candidates for Bukidnon officials back in April 2022.

“(These are the) sustainable programs that we should focus on if we are serious on reducing poverty incidence in the province,” he added.

He confirmed with BukidnonNews.Net that his legislative agenda has remained after his election.

Quiño enumerated the five points, which he believed would increase employment and income of entrepreneurs to prepare the population to address poverty.

In terms of good governance, he cited the implementation of the Mandanas Ruling this year. Which would increase the share of national government tax revenue transferred to local governments.

Because of the Mandanas Ruling by the Supreme Court in 2018 and confirmed in 2019, the internal revenue allotment are programmed to increase by 55 percent in the 2022 budget.

Quiño said the implementation would help to change people's lives through projects such as more roads, better water supply, ICT programs, agricultural programs, education, health centers, and even additional medicines.

In the name of good governance, the active Civic Society Organizations (CSOs) participation in local special bodies is necessary to ensure corrupt-free provincial government. He also would support online transactions to avoid under-the-table transactions.

His education agenda will include a scholarship program, with the priority beneficiaries being poor but deserving students, IP students, children of single parents, working-students, PWD students, and students from low-income families.

Vice Governor Quiño intended to support more investments in roads, 24/7 water supply, stable internet, and electricity as part of his basic infrastructure support program to make it easier for investors to come in and create thousands of jobs for the people of the province.

He also cited that he wanted to promote eco-tourism in the province.

Because Bukidnon is an agricultural province, Quiño said there is a need to focus on agricultural productivity by creating facilities for storage, post-harvest facilities, a corn hub or corn central, and a one-stop-shop for farmers.

Apart from the five point-agenda against poverty, Quiño said he intends to provide livelihood programs in Bukidnon to deserving beneficiaries such as marginal farmers (those who own only 1-2 hectares of farmland), identified poor farmers, registered micro and small enterprises with at least two years of operation, registered people's organizations such as women's groups, youths, vendors, IP communities, and many more.

He said he will focus on providing seed capital to beneficiaries, but they will be required to keep an inventory. He stated that he will concentrate on seed capital, but it must have a record of accomplishment.

In his inaugural speech on June 28, 2022 at the Folk Arts Theatre, Quiño urged the people to prepare for a more challenging road ahead. He cited among issues the effects of the pandemic, the Ukraine and Russia War, which has affected local and global economies, the rapid depreciation of the peso against the dollar, and the rise in diesel and gasoline prices.

He said leadership matters today more than ever.

He said there is a need to find the appropriate approach to combating poverty, the economic crisis, and increasing preparedness and resilience in the face of disasters is a collaborative and open process. He claimed that people who are prepared to bear the burden of co-creating the future are the greatest resource for sustainable growth and development, not money or land.

“The best Local Legislation should be crafted with, by, and for the people,” he said, which he also reiterated during the inaugural session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on July 5, 2022.

He said that the position the newly elected officials found is not a position of power but of care and partnership.

He said there would be a new horizon to explore when all are ready to work and listen with one another.

“Best solutions and great ideas are not produced by conformity and complacency,” he added.

He said different views are always better than having a thousand people see only one view.

Quiño said during his term as Mayor of Manolo Fortich, he was able to reduce poverty by 8%. He said he was able to cut poverty incidence from 51% to 43%.

He told BukidnonNews.Net he is committed to pursue his legislative agenda.

 “These three years, we shall search for and work hard to find the best solutions to poverty, economic downturn, and of being more prepared and resilient in terms of disasters,” he added during the inaugural session of provincial board on July 5, 2022.  (April Eve C. Bajao and Maria Mae A. Caraqui-an)

This story was published with support from Internews Philippines

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