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Provinces will be “ready, better places” for an economic drive thanks to BP2.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go stated on Wednesday that the government’s Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) program will make sure that the provinces “are ready and become better places” for the new enterprises and other economic initiatives supported by investors.

Go, the BP2’s proponent, urged eligible Filipinos to take advantage of the program so they could help the government achieve its objective of “decongestion of heavily urbanized cities and encouraging countryside development.”

Isa talaga sa mga layunin ng ‘Balik Probinsya’ program ang pagsigurong handa at kaaya-aya ang mga probinsya para sa mga bagong negosyong ipapatayo ng mga mamumuhunan (It is one of the goals of the Balik Probinsya program to ensure that the provinces would be

Go claimed that it will not only guarantee a new beginning for the recipients but will also enhance the economic endeavors of various provinces.

Go claimed that “probinsyanos” can now help the government achieve its goal of “equalizing” opportunities across the country rather than moving to Metro Manila.

In order to formalize the BP2 initiative as a “foundation of balanced regional development,” President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 114 in May 2022.

According to Go, the primary goals of the BP2 program are to “bring about balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources, and opportunities through policies and initiatives that foster rural development and inclusive growth.”

The program also promotes employment, offers enough social services to the populace, and focuses on important issues like rural infrastructure development, food security, and the enfranchisement of local businesses.

Go wrote Senate Resolution No. 380, which was approved by the Senate and urged the executive branch “to create and implement” the BP2 program. This resolution was followed by the EO.

The executive branch, several national government agencies, as well as provincial and municipal government units, all bound the program through a whole-of-nation approach.

Prior until now, a number of private organizations planned to support the government’s efforts to hasten regional development through the Balik Probinsya program.

Go urged other companies “should follow suit and invest in places beyond the country’s urban centers” by doing this.

“Nasya kailangan magtulungan at magbayanihan para sa ikatatagumpay po ng BP2, please.” Isipin natin ang kanilang kapakanan at pagkakakitaan, magmalasakit po tayo sa ating kapwa. ‘Wag nating iwan ang ating mga kababayan, lalo na ang mga gustong sumigla ang kanilang buhay sa probinsya.’ (We must cooperate and be a team for the BP2 program to be successful.) Let’s be considerate of and consider the welfare and livelihood of our fellow Filipinos. Let’s not abandon our fellow citizens, especially those who wish to start over in their regions,” Go added, further pleading with the future administration to take the program’s continuation into consideration.

When the susunod is finished, there is more than enough mapaganda. Not only to continue, but to get better by the upcoming terms. Pareho naman po tayo ng adhikain — ang masigurong maramdaman ng bawat Pilipino ang komportableng buhay kahit saan mang sulok ng bansa. We all want to ensure that every Filipino lives in comfort, no matter where they are in the nation),” Go continued.

From May 2020 through June of this year, the BP2 program helped 836 recipients return to their home provinces, and it also provided assistance to more than 2,500 families that wanted to return on their own.

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