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Governor Victor Areno Yap, the youngest son of Congressman Jose V. Yap and Zenaida A. Yap, attended and completed his primary and secondary education at the Ateneo de Manila University. He took up BA Economics at the University of the Philippines and later pursued his masteral studies in Strategic Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to his election as Governor of the Province of Tarlac in the elections of May 14, 2007, he has served as vice mayor of the Municipality of Victoria, Tarlac from 1988 to 1998. After a brief holiday from the political scene, he once again returned to public service in 2001 as the Chief of Staff for Projects and Programs of the Provincial Government of Tarlac, where he spearheaded the implementation of infrastructure projects “By Administration”.

Presently, the Tarlac governor is taking advantage of the benefits of the use of technology and innovation, recognizing their significant role in the achievement of effective levels of efficiency in local governance for the development of the various sectors of the province. Among these would be the public education system by providing computer equipment and technology to supplement traditional teaching methods and improve learning competencies of the young. He has also initiated several computerization projects to automate and improve several of the local government’s administrative processes like personnel management including payroll and human resource-related services, the accounting system to ensure accuracy and efficiency of financial transactions for management and auditing purposes, real property transactions in the municipalities to maximize their revenue-collection potentials, and the hospital system for automated and systematic processing of the various transactions at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital.

The governor has also embarked on various programs in order to spur economic development like government-subsidized human capital development through sustainable training programs in vocational, livelihood, entrepreneurship and skills training, including masteral programs for the provincial government’s employees. He also initiated the accreditation of Tarlac’s economic zone to magnet foreign and local investors to locate in the province for widespread employment opportunities relative to the above trainings.

Other significant and laudable projects of the governor include health programs like Philhealth Para sa Masa which now has more than 70,000 enrolees province-wide, the revitalization of the Botica sa Barangays and the expansion of the Tarlac Provincial Hospital for readily accessible and quality health services. Major infrastructure projects include the development of the Lubigan Eco-Tourism Park to make Tarlac a favored destination for tourists and religious alike, and the proposed Tarlac Eastern Boulevard to complement the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway. He has also promoted sustainable agricultural processes with the use of organic-based agriculture.

Likewise, Gov. Yap was chosen by his colleagues in the League of Provinces of the Philippines as deputy-secretary-general for Luzon.

Governor Victor Yap’s dynamism and expertise, along with his ability to work in unity with other government units, shall make the development plans of the province more attuned with the present times, to bring about a self-reliant and progressive Province of Tarlac, geared towards effective delivery of basic social services and sustainable economic development through effective local governance.