Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has urged the incoming administration to continue the government’s push for accelerated regional development through the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) program, saying that it will give more Filipinos hope for a better future after the COVID-19 pandemic.
underlined that with the initiative, the government will be able to further support rural development and create greater economic possibilities for Filipinos in all parts of the country as affirmed by the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM).
Dr. Juan Antonio Perez III, head of the POPCOM, has also urged the incoming Marcos administration to examine and evaluate the continuation of the BP2 program, saying that it will promote inclusive economic development across the country.
Earlier, Go, who is a proponent of the BP2 program, welcomed the support from the private sector as various groups expressed intent to participate and contribute to the government’s push for accelerated regional development. The senator encouraged more businesses to follow suit and invest in areas outside the country’s urban centers.
In May 2020, Duterte signed Executive Order No. 114 which institutionalizes the program as a “pillar of balanced regional development”. It instructs concerned agencies to prepare and implement the BP2 Program.
The EO came after Go authored Senate Resolution No. 380 which was adopted by the Senate during its plenary session on May 4, urging the Executive Department to formulate and implement the BP2 program.
According to the EO, the BP2 Program will bring “balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources, and opportunities through policies and programs that boost countryside development and inclusive growth.”
The program will also provide adequate social services to its people, promote employment, and focus on key areas, such as empowerment of local industries, food security, and infrastructure development in rural areas.