2003, Naawan’s public economic enterprises were all
in the red. Managed by the Municipal Treasurer’s Office
and the Municipal Engineer’s
Office, neither could effectively handle the program as both
were already overburdened by their main duties.
The irony is that the program was meant
to bring in revenue but became a drain on the municipality
’s resources instead.
With help from the Philippine-Canada Local
Government Support Program (LGSP), a separate Municipal Economic
Enterprise and Development Office (MEEDO) was established
to manage the operation of public economic enterprises.
By 2004, the office posted a positive income
for the first time in three years.
The income came from a substantial increase
in water collection which nearly hit P1 million–higher
than the combined collection in the past four years.
The LGU Dairy Goat Breeding Station contributes
an average of P1,000 a day while sale of goat’s milk
also adds to the municipality’s income. And though the
trend for market collection registers fluctuations, it posted
its highest revenues in 2004 at P356,996.
The creation of the MEEDO through an ordinance
ensures the program will continue even beyond the terms of
office of its proponents. Its establishment and implementation
took only seven months and could easily be replicated by other
Through the program, Naawenos now get better
public services which adequately provide for their present