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The ability of BP2 to continue to provide economic development to the entire country

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) initiative would be continued, which will encourage “inclusive economic growth.”

According to Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III, president of the Commission on Population and Development, the next Marcos administration should consider continuing the BP2 program “to equalize” prospects across the country (POPCOM).

In a recent radio interview, Perez said, “[We] expect that the Balik Probinsya Program will be truly researched in the future government and would incorporate demographic dynamics.”

He asked incoming officials to adopt policies that would encourage people to migrate from rural to urban areas and address regional “income disparities.”

Beneficiary Lilibeth Domo, of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, said her life in Metro Manila hasn’t changed much since she moved there 22 years ago, and that the Covid-19 outbreak has made things worse.

As a result, she chose to participate in the BP2 program.

“Ang asawa ko ay construction worker tapos noong nagka-pandemic, wala na kaming pambayad ng renta.” My husband was a construction worker, and when the pandemic hit, we couldn’t pay our rent, we had almost nothing to eat, and we were just waiting for the company to provide for us),” Domo said the Philippine News Agency before they fled for Lanao del Norte on May 31.

Domo’s family was among those who were transported back to their homes in Agusan del Sur, Iligan, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon, and Cagayan de Oro.

“Ma’am, sobrang saya ko na, lalo na ‘yung may tumawag na sa akin,” says the speaker. Granted nga yung naaplayan kong ‘Balik Probinsya’ (I was overjoyed when I got a call and found out that my application for Balik Probinsya had been approved),” she explained.

Domo expressed gratitude to the administration for aiding her family in relocating to the province.

“Doon na kami mangangarap,” says the narrator. “Doon ko na rin patatapusin’yung mga anak ko kasi nakakapagod na rin tumira sa Maynila,” she added.

Joie Lapinig, a construction worker from Tubod, Lanao del Norte, expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte and BP2 prime mover Senator Christopher “Bong” Go for fighting for a program that would benefit a “probinsyano” (country inhabitant) like him.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Sen Bong Go’s program.” (I thank Sen. Bong Go for the program.) Nagpasalamat ako sa gobyerno na natulungan kami na makauwi gyud sa Before they left, Lapinig said, “I thank the government for supporting us in returning to the province.”

Go had previously urged President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to not only continue, but also to improve, the government’s push for expedited regional development through a whole-of-government strategy.

In all sections of the country, he said, the government may be able to “help rural development and offer better economic opportunities.”

According to the senator, BP2 provides enough social services, promotes employment, and focuses on crucial sectors such as local industry empowerment, food security, and rural infrastructure development.

On May 6, 2020, Duterte issued Executive Order (EO) 114 to formalize the BP2 program, with the primary goal of decongesting Metro Manila.

“Balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources, and opportunities through policies and initiatives that promote countryside development and inclusive growth,” according to the EO.

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