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Governor Albert Garcia: Efficiency and growth for Bataan

Gov Abet Garcia with Vice Gov. Efren Pascual, Jr. and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members.

Gov Abet Garcia with Vice Gov. Efren Pascual, Jr. and Sangguniang Panlalawigan members.


First-time Bataan Governor Albert Garcia got enormous mandate from the people of the province, clobbering his opponent in last May’s elections.

Expectedly, there is a huge expectation from him. The young governor appears not letting down the people of Bataan as he made it clear, with him at the helm, the path the province will chart.

“There must be both efficiency and growth in the province,” Garcia determinedly pointed out. “There is a need for the continued progress of the province”.

“We will adopt the performance governance system (PGS) at the capitol to gauge the performances of our officials and employees for us to better deliver proper, efficient and systematic services to our people,” Garcia said. He said progressive LGUs have already adopted the system like City of San Fernando, Pampanga, and Balanga City.

“In order to have growth, Bataan must become more enticing to investors,” the governor said. He proposed a new investment code of the province to be adopted for the continued influx of domestic and foreign investments.

Bataan Gov. Abet Garcia with presidential sister Kris Aquino and Apl.d.Ap at a relief distribution in Dinalupihan last Thursday.

Bataan Gov. Abet Garcia with presidential sister Kris Aquino and Apl.d.Ap at a relief distribution in Dinalupihan last Thursday.


“I will also urge the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to pass an ordinance implementing the public-private partnership scheme to fast track development and progress in our territory,” he said.

Garcia said the success of public-private partnership scheme was proven in the case of the City Government of Balanga and New San Jose Builders Inc., a private construction firm that put up the Galeria Victoria Mall in the vicinity of Plaza Mayor de Balanga where a branch of a premier department store is located.

“We will also revise the Bataan revenue code to suit the current situation,” the governor said. “With new investments, it means plenty of jobs for the people of Bataan.”

“We will come up with various projects aimed to make Bataan a premier province not only in Central Luzon but in the whole country as well,” Garcia said. The governor disclosed a plan, with a P300-million budget, to transform the Bataan Transport Mall in Barangay Ibayo, Balanga City into a world-class facility where a hotel and a convention center will be built.

“We have the edge over other provinces in terms of enticing investments by having two Freeports (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in Hermosa and Morong, and the Freeport Area of Bataan in Mariveles) and economic zones such as the Morong Technology Park Inc., and Hermosa Economic Zone,” the governor pointed out.

“I am also welcoming new ideas from everyone to spur development and boost job generations in the province,” the governor shared.

Gov. Abet Garcia rolls out his plans to mitigate flooding in Bataan after the onslaught of the monsoon rains, enhanced by Typhoon Maring, have caused heavy flooding and substantial damage to crops and properties in the province.

Gov. Abet Garcia rolls out his plans to mitigate flooding in Bataan after the onslaught of the monsoon rains, enhanced by Typhoon Maring, have caused heavy flooding and substantial damage to crops and properties in the province.


For his programs and projects to be known to all, the governor is eyeing to use traditional and new media in the efficient information dissemination of the capitol programs. Traditional media refers to print, radio and television. New media refers to the use of Internet.

In various occasions, he appealed to officials in all levels in the province for unity in the attainment of progress. He appealed to elected officials and capitol employees to work together.

“We should keep the unity we have started for the progress of the province and better service to the people,” Garcia said.

Gov. Abet speaks to his constituents during the relief operation with Philippine Red Cross recently after the onslaught of typhoon Maring and "Habagat".

Gov. Abet speaks to his constituents during the relief operation with Philippine Red Cross recently after the onslaught of typhoon Maring and “Habagat”.


The governor has found an important ally in bringing progress to the province. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan, headed by its presiding officer and Vice Governor Bonjong Pascual, has vowed all-out support to his thrusts.

“Governor Garcia has already made known to us his priority thrusts of governance for the province, and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, which I heard, will be supporting him all the way,” the vice governor assured. ●Text by Butch Gunio • Photos by Mike Cigaral


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