Oct 28, 2020

Balik Probinsya can work in Palawan, analyst says

Armando Golifardo Jr. of CFCR said he expects the program to attract investors in Palawan because of its long term potentials particularly in tourism.

Photo courtesy of Armando Golifardo Jr.

An official of the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform (CFCR) believes that the Balik Probinsya Program recently institutionalized by President Rodrigo Duterte through an executive order will be advantageous to Palawan.

Armando Golifardo Jr. of CFCR said he expects the program to attract investors in Palawan because of its long term potentials particularly in tourism.

“Sa tingin ko ay magiging maganda ang magiging kalabasan ng Balik-Probinsya program sapagka’t ang Palawan ay napakalaki ang kaniyang potential lalo na sa produkto ng turismo sa ating lalawigan,” Golifardo said.

He said that tourism growth will bring about job opportunities that will draw Palawenos working in the metropolitan centers back to the province.

“Ang turista ay maghahanap ng amenities o facilities na magpupuno sa kanilang pangangailangan at. May investors na gagawa ng amenities at may mga oportunidad at trabaho,” Golifardo said.

The Balik-Probinsya program was proposed by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go with a long-term aim of decongesting Metro Manila and promoting regional developments.

Golifardo said that about 80 percent of the current population of Metro Manila is composed of those coming from provinces.

“Napakalaking bilang iyon kaya ang Balik-Probinsya program ay para ibalik ang ating mga kababayan o magkaroon ng oportunidad ang ating mga kababayan sa ating mga probinsya. Pero ang tanong ay papaano? Dito pumapasok ang assistance na ibibigay sa local government units,” he said.

Balik-Probinsya is part of the four main pillars of the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform which are
Pagyamanin ang Probinsya, Paluwagin ang Metro Manila; Gobyerno Para sa Tao, Hindi Para Sa Trapo; Bukas na Ekonomiya nang Lahat ay May Pag-asa; Bagong Konstitusyon para sa Bagong Henerasyon.

 

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