Poor planning hampers dev’t of provinces
July 4,2008-Most provinces miss their potentials for development because they plan programs and operations without consideration of sectoral concerns, the budget, and the plans of the national and municipal governments that they are supposed to complement.
An expert in urban and regional planning said in a recent conference in Quezon City that the low capabilities of provincial planning and development offices (PPDO) result in poor plans that have little impact on local development.
Benjamin Cariño, former dean of the University of the Philippines School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP), said most of rank and file personnel in PPDOs have little experience in planning.
“Most provincial planning development coordinators appear qualified as far as education and experience are concerned. A major constraint, however, is that majority of PPDO technical personnel lack formal planning expertise, especially among plantilla staff,” he said. (abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak)