JV tells DA, DAR to review spending in poorest provinces
Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito urged the Departments of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform to study how the funds for agriculture were spent and how land reform was implemented in the 10 poorest provinces to find out why the residents in those areas remain poor.
The 10 poorest provinces are Lanao del Sur, Eastern Samar, Apayao, Maguindanao, Zamboanga del Norte, Sarangani, North Cotabato, Negros Oriental, and Northern and Western Samar.
Ejercito said the weaknesses and potentials of the 10 provinces must be ascertained, especially since many of them like Samar are rich in marine resources and have beautiful beaches comparable to those in world-class Boracay and Bohol.
He said good programs must be continued, weak ones should be strengthened and wrongs must be remedied.