By Restituto Cayubit
TACLOBAN CITY — The governor of Leyte province wins another term and given the fresh mandate by the people after he won a landslide vote last May 13 midterm elections. Incumbent Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla was proclaimed on Wednesday night (May 15) by the Leyte Board of Canvassers as the duly elected governor of the province of Leyte after he garnered 450, 199 votes while his rival Romeo Plasquita garnered 29,166 votes in the gubernatorial race.
The reelected governor who will be serving his third term told reporters in an interview that he will focus on poverty alleviation of the province for his last term in office.
He said in his poverty alleviation program he will give more emphasis on countryside agricultural development and helping more of the fishermen and farmers especially in the hinterland villages of the province.
Petilla explained that his administration is giving more emphasis on economic development, especially in the countryside, as the basic and primary tool in solving the problems of poverty, criminality and also insurgency.
At present Petilla said, there are already more than 250 farmers/fishermen organizations in more than 250 villages in 40 towns and one city that are benefitting from his poverty alleviation program.
The governor said that his target is to reduce the poverty incidence to 15 percent within five years from 23.6 percent in 2016 through his poverty alleviation program.
Under its annual investment plan, the Provincial Government allotted P4.9 billion for agriculture development, representing 56 percent of the approved 2019 AIP of P8.6 billion for this year.