The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) approved the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2017-2022 during its 61st Full Council meeting held on December 8 in Pasig City. The meeting was presided over by MIMAROPA Chairperson and Governor Jose C. Alvarez of Palawan.
It was attended by regional directors of national government agencies, executives of local government units (LGUs) and private sector leaders. Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. of Oriental Mindoro also attended the meeting. Guest resource person Assistant Secretary Jose Antonio R. Hernandez of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) discussed the Yakap Bayan, a program of the DSWD that hopes to turn drug surrenderers into advocates of disaster risk reduction.
OIC-Regional Director (RD) Atty. Raul S. Anlocotan of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA (NRO IV-B) presented the RDIP 2017-2022. The document contains the final list of programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) validated during the regional consultations.
Prior to the RDC meeting, the NRO IV-B conducted a regional consultation on the updating of the RDIP 2017-2022 on November 24 at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City. The consultation was participated in by representatives from different regional line agencies (RLAs), LGUs, government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs) and the private sector.
The consultation was conducted to validate the PPAs in the 2017-2022 agency investment programs (AIPs) and to generate new proposals for inclusion in the 2019 agency regional budget proposals.
In her opening message, NRO IV-B OIC-Assistant RD Susan A. Sumbeling emphasized that the proposed PPAs in the RDIP should be consistent with the regional goals and objectives identified in the MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022.
The participants were organized into four workshop groups by sectoral committee. The group discussions focused on the following: (a) 2018 PPAs endorsed by the RDC; (b) ongoing and pipeline projects; and (c) new PPAs for 2019. The project documents submitted by different agencies, LGUs, and SUCs were validated and reviewed for completeness.
The final list of PPAs for inclusion in the RDIP 2017-2022 was presented in another consultation held on December 7 which was participated in by private sector representatives and chiefs of staff of MIMAROPA Congressmen. The chiefs of staff also presented the proposed projects of their respective Congressmen that require national funding for 2019.
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