Members of Albay Provincial Development Council gathered for a full council meeting at AECID Hall, APSEMO building, today August 3, 2018.

The meeting was conducted to present the following agenda; Annual Investment Program CY 2018, Updates on the Provincial Development Investment Program 2019-22, Economic Development Plan CY 2019, and Gender and Development Plan CY 2019.

Engr. Macario Pavia (PPDC), initiated the meeting by acknowledging the presence of each member of the Provincial Development Council, as well as gave an overview of the abovementioned agendum.

The first agenda was the DBM circular letter which is the procedural guidelines on the conduct of Regional Development Council (RDC) dialogues on proposed programs/ projects for FY 2019. This was followed by the presentation of the Annual Investment Program and was subjected for the approval of the body.

The undersigned was present to address questions/queries that may arise during the presentation of AIP. Other proposed projects should be included in the AIP.

Cities and municipalities were given 1 week to submit their proposals so that it may be incorporated in the PDIP. This was during the presentation of Updates on the Provincial Development Investment Program to the body.

The next agenda was the presentation of Economic Development Plan. The JBDMH will expand its services by using the idle building in Polangui as its extension as an infirmary offering OPD and preventive care which will cater to the needs of Polangui and Libon residents. Villahermosa District Hospital will also expand its medical services and facilities to Barangay Batan. It was also mentioned that a dialysis center in Ziga Memorial District Hospital is soon to open.

All of the above is the current thrust of the PGA as ordered by Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara to improve all health facilities and equipment in all the district hospitals in Albay.

Ms. Cynthia Samale, a GAD Focal person, and PCW Commission Tet Triunfante presented the Gender and Development Plan for 2019. The GAD Office of Albay is willing to help LGU’s in Albay to comply with the requirements of DILG Regional Office V in the submission of GAD Plan and accomplishment reports.