Franklin P. Gumapon (Philippine Information Agency)
Guided by the Regional Development Plan (RDP) framework for 2017-2022, the member-agencies together with the private sector representatives of the different committees of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-10 converged here yesterday to formulate the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) for 2017-2022.
The region’s RDIP for the next five years centers on “Malasakit” (enhancing the social fabric), “Pagbabago” (reducing inequality) and Patuloy na Pag-unlad” (increasing potential growth).
In her message before the presentation of the programs, activities and projects by each agency, Regional Director Annabelle M. Atillo of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)-10 disclosed that region 10 got an allocation of more than P83 billion comprising funds for the “departments” and constitutional commissions, and the special purpose funds.
Atillo said the bigger chunk of the budget went to the Department of Education (DepEd) with 45 percent followed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with 16 percent and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with 12 percent.
On the other hand, the Department of Information Communication Technology (DICT), Department of Tourism (DOT) and DBM have each received .03 percent.
RDC-10 secretariat will then process and consolidate the RDIP from the programs, activities and projects submitted by the member-agencies of the committees on social development, economic development, infrastructure, and the macro and development administration.
The RDIP for 2017-2022, which will serve as a mechanism in implementing the RDP in support of the national and regional development agenda, will be presented to the RDC members in a full council meeting for approval come Feb. 27.