The provincial government of Marinduque conducted a planning workshop on project prioritization on September 30 to October 1 virtually through Zoom. It  was participated in by representatives from the Marinduque Provincial Development Council, sectoral committees, and other provincial/municipal offices.

​​​​​​​The activity aimed  to prioritize programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) for funding and implementation by the provincial government of Marinduque in fiscal year (FY)  2022.

In his opening remarks, Marinduque Governor Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. expressed his gratitude to NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in  MIMAROPA for accommodating the province’s request for technical assistance. He emphasized the impacts of the Mandanas-Garcia Ruling in the context of Executive Order 138, s. 2021 and the need to align priorities and complement resources towards the local government units or LGUs’ full assumption of devolved functions and services starting 2022. He encouraged the participants to determine priority PPAs that are in the best interests of Marinduqueños and will help the province bounce back from the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

​​​​​​​During the plenary session the  alignment of national-regional-local plans; Marinduque’s development vision, mission, goals, and objectives; and proposed PPAs for 2022 by sector were discussed.

Regional Director Agustin C. Mendoza of NRO MIMAROPA presented an overview of local development investment programming, which included the following: (a) Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) – Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) – Local Development Investment Plan (LDIP) Process Flow; (b) Development Investment; and (c) LDIP, key inputs, and its processes. His presentation highlighted the Goal Achievement Matrix (GAM) as a tool for prioritizing projects and presenting transparent screening and ranking of projects proposed for investment.

​​​​​​​Meanwhile, a two-part intensive workshop on project prioritization was facilitated by the Policy Formulation and Planning Division of NRO MIMAROPA headed by Ms. Sheryll B. Sarabia. The participants were provided with workshop templates that were modified based on Marinduque’s goals and priority thrusts, and proposed PPAs for FY 2022 by sector.  

Workshop results showed that participants perceived highest importance on social protection and inclusive growth, while least importance on infrastructure development. Furthermore, participants scored PPAs on tourism development, social development, environment and natural resources, and infrastructure development as slightly to moderately contributory to the achievement of Marinduque’s goals and priority thrusts.

​​​​​​​The top ranked projects included the following: (a) Development of Maniwaya Island in Sta. Cruz; (b) Development of Torrijos White Beach; (c) Malbog Sulfur Spring – Construction of Onsen Building (Japanese Style Bathing and Spa Facility; (d) Health Facility Improvement; (e) Development of Baliis (Sea of Clouds Tourism Project); (f) Rehabilitation and Dredging of Mogpog River Affected by Mining (Phase 1) Integrating Green-Gray Solution; (g) Development of Bangwayin Picnic Grove; (h) Construction/Repair/ Rehabilitation/Improvement of Water Supply System; (i) Rehabilitation and Dredging of Boac River Affected by Mining (Phase (1) Integrating Green-Gray Solution; and (j) Mompong Island Development.

In closing, Marinduque Board Member and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Appropriations Chair Adeline M. Angeles conveyed her appreciation to NRO MIMAROPA for the technical assistance in the conduct of the planning workshop on project prioritization. She thanked and congratulated all members of the development council and sectoral committees for their active participation and commitment in helping the provincial government of Marinduque realize its vision and goals amidst the pandemic.