The province of Iloilo has been included in a joint project of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Canadian Government’s Local Government Support Program – Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED).
A total of 11 provinces qualified for the LGSP-LED, of which four came from Western Visayas namely, Iloilo and its three neighboring provinces Aklan, Antique and Negros Occidental.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. said that Iloilo will be embarking on economic and development programs and initiatives with the support of the Canadian government through its Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Moreover, towns in Iloilo that will avail the project are Banate, Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, San Dionisio, Concepcion, Estancia and Carles.
“One of programs that CIDA will be supporting in Iloilo is on tourism development. The Canadian government will extend technical support to programs that could boost the economy of the identified areas,” said Defensor.
The identified areas were chosen based on the inputs of the Provincial Planning and Development Office wherein the community will be provided with capability-building, trainings and strategies to improve their livelihood.IMT