“By 2022, the Province of Masbate: a premier agriculture, fishery and eco-tourism hub governed responsibly and propelled by empowered and God-loving citizens living in resilient communities and environment.”
In collaboration with all National Government agencies (NGAs) and the private sector, the provincial government continues to provide the necessary basic services for the improvement of the quality of lives of the Masbateños.
We envision a province where every human person, whether Masbateño or not, is free to develop his/her full potentials supported by a strong family, a virtuous culture, and a just society because
- we believe in the dignity of the human person, created in the image of God, whose rights must be religiously respected, and it is the duty of the public authority to prevent and to punish injury, and to protect every one. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace. No one may with impunity outrage that human dignity which God Himself treats with great reverence, nor stand in the way of that higher life which is the preparation of the eternal life of heaven. Still, when there is question of defending the rights of individuals, the poor, the weak, and badly off have a claim to special consideration. The rich and the powerful have many ways of shielding themselves, and stand less in need of help from the State; whereas the mass of the poor and the voiceless have no resources of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly depend upon the assistance of the State;
- we acknowledge that liberty flourishes in a society supported by a moral culture that embraces the truth about the transcendent origin and destiny of the human person.1 A virtuous generation preserves its traditions, shares the fruits of its labor, and saves the goods of the earth for all generations to come. While the various institutions within the political, economic, and other spheres are important, the marriage-based family is the primary inculcator of the moral culture in a society. The family is certainly a grace of God through which transpires what God himself is: Love – an entirely free love that sustains boundless fidelity, even in times of difficulty or dejection. Because of its essential social function the family has the right for its specific identity to be recognized and not confused with other forms of coexistence. It must also be ensured adequate cultural, juridical, economic, social and health protection; and we assert that the government’s primary responsibility is to promote the common good, that is, to maintain the rule of law, and to preserve basic duties and rights. The State must not absorb the individual or the family; both should be allowed free and untrammeled action so far as is consistent with the common good and the interest of others.3 The government’s role is not to usurp free actions, but to minimize those conflicts that may arise when the free actions of persons and social institutions result in competing interests.