When Carlito Marquez took over the office as Governor of Aklan in 2004, he started off with a P377 million fund.
And so, on his State of the Province Address (SOPA) last Wednesday, he took pride on how, under his administration and by the end of his term this 2013, the province of Aklan turned into a billionaire.
Where in this year, the province’s budget reached up to Php1.19 billion and is 151 million higher compared to that of 2012.
Aklan’s billion funds was made possible through its staggering income boosting an Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA of Php974 million, which is way higher compared to 2004’s Php326 million only.
One of which that Marquez boasts about, is that under his service, the Caticlan Jetty Port progressed along with the influx of tourists in Boracay.
From its 2004 collection of 15 million, by 2012 it has collected 206 million pesos.
This, he added is a result of the constant growth of the Tourism Industry in the province.