By Donna Rempillo
CAMP OLIVAS, San Fernando, Pampanga – About 5,000 persons have enrolled themselves at the online portal of the government’s “Balik Probinsya” program.
This was disclosed by Balik Probinsya Executive Director Marcelino Escalada Jr. in his meeting with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Archie Gamboa at the Rektang Konek Aksyon Agad program, which was aired live from the (PNP) Regional Office of Central Luzon.
“I devised an online platform to observe physical distancing as well, Right now, there are close to five thousand already who enrolled in the balikprobinsya.ph,” Escalada said.
Implementors of the program have also identified the top five provinces which were recipients of the 5,000 enrollees for the program, namely, Leyte, Lanao del Norte, Camarines Sur, Pangasinan and Cebu.
“We will connect and link with our LGUs, particularly with our governors and mayors, if our LGUs are ready in terms of receiving the would be beneficiaries of the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Program.
Escalada said the program meant allowing an urban-based beneficiary to go back to the province where he or she came from, or the purposive and deliberate transfer of a person who wants to go to a province with opportunities of growth and development.
“ In case of Bataan for example, there were more job opportunities than the manpower the province had. So, meaning to say if you want to transfer to a province that is a deliberately and purposive action of government.” Escalada explains.
“There are 500 economic zones in the country, we only need to match that,” Escalada added.
Online form for application in the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Program of the government includes a list of industries which could accommodate the program’s beneficiaries . It also incorporates some details about knowing what skills an individual should have.
“In the case of Bataan, maraming trabaho, walang empleyado [many job opportunities, but lac of manpower] So that would mean bringing the people then provide support to the province of Bataan, we could provide housing, and upbring the support of other agencies, like TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) and DTI (Department of Trade and Industry)” Escalada said.