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”.
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
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.
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
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.