RDC CAR adopts Cordillera RDP 2017-2022

The Regional Development Council (RDC) of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) adopted the Cordillera Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017–2022 and the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) during the RDC CAR’s second quarter meeting last April 7 at the Lay Formation, Teng-ab, Bontoc, Mountain Province, The RDP is anchored in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017–2022, the long term vision or Ambisyon Natin 2040, Sustainable Development Goals 2030, and the administration’s 0-10 Socioeconomic Agenda. It is also anchored on Malasakit, Pagbabago, and Patuloy na Pag-unlad or the long term vision’s three pillars that aims to enhance the social fabric, reduce inequality, […]

ADB partnership strategy to focus on infrastructure buildup in Visayas, Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – The proposed 2017-2022 country partnership strategy (CPS) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the Philippines would focus on infrastructure buildup in the Visayas and the South Central Mindanao Growth Corridor. In its updated member fact sheet for the Philippines, ADB said the new CPS would give emphasis on four interrelated priority areas: sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure, good governance and finance, employment and education, and regional integration. “The strategy plans to foster inclusive growth by supporting development in the Visayas and Mindanao while continuing to support national programs,” ADB said. “In addition to building and rehabilitating national […]


Government’s Build Build Build program embodied in PDP 2017-2022

The Duterte administration’s Build Build Build program is embodied in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said it is also in line with the country’s development priority of enhancing infrastructure development in order to attract investments, generate jobs, and spur economic growth. Build Build Build, the administration’s comprehensive infrastructure development program, was launched during the Dutertenomics Forum held last April 18 at The Conrad Hotel, Pasay City. During the forum, the NEDA joined the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and the Departments of Finance, Budget and Management, Public Works and Highways, and Transportation, to discuss […]


NEDA convenes DevComNet to discuss PDP 2017-2022

The National Economic and Development Authority convened the Development Communication Coordinating Network (DevComNet) composed of more than 100 government information officers to discuss the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, the National Spatial Strategy, and how to communicate the Plan. “The DevComNet is certainly a great opportunity for all of us to be united, for our efforts to be coherent, well-coordinated and synergistic,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia in his keynote message. According to him, the assembly can help the communication officers to integrate the key messages of the PDP in their agencies’ communication and stakeholder engagement efforts. He […]


RDC CAR holds conference for regional planners

The Regional Development Council (RDC) in CAR conducted the Cordillera Planners Conference last March 28 with the theme ‘Pagsulong ng Pag-unlad at Autonomiya para sa Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay sa Cordillera’. The event that was held at City Light Hotel, Baguio City, was conducted to discuss development issues and concerns affecting the region. RDC CAR Chairperson and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan welcomed the participants. Regional Director Milagros A. Rimando of NRO CAR , on the other hand, discussed the rationale and objectives of the conference. The newly crafted CAR Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2016-2022 and the […]


RDC VI prepares workplan for 2017-2019

The Regional Development Council (RDC) VI discussed and prepared its work program for 2017-2019 during the workshop for RDC VI members held recently in Buenavista, Guimaras. The document is intended to guide the Council and its sector committees regarding the issues and challenges identified and prioritized in the Regional Development Plan (RDP). Discussed at the workshop were the following: (a) major activities and events to be undertaken this year until the first half of 2019 by the social, economic, infrastructure, and development administration sector committees and other five RDC special committees; (b) capability building activities to further capacitate the RDC […]


RDC VI discusses SORA, RDP & budget

The Regional Development Council (RDC) VI tackled the State of the Region Address (SORA), the Regional Development Plan (RDP) of Western Visayas for 2017-2022, and RDC’s budget during the first quarter meeting of the Council last March 30 at the RDC Conference Hall, NEDA-VI Office, Iloilo City. The SORA report was delivered by the RDC’s Acting Chairperson and Regional Director Ro-ann A. Bacal of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) VI. According to the report, the following are indicators of the region’s steadily growing economy: (a) the 8.3 percent gross regional domestic product or GRDP growth achieved in 2015; (b) a […]


NEDA tackles economy, PDP with Rotary Clubs of Makati & BGC

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia talked about the state of the Philippine economy and presented the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022, to the Rotary Club of Makati Business District and Rotary Club of Bonifacio Global City Central on April 4 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel. “With the PDP 2017-2022, the government aims to address poverty not just by alleviating it, but more importantly by reducing inequality and sustaining economic growth,” said Pernia, who was sole guest speaker at the event. In his presentation, Pernia pointed out that the combined shares of Metro Manila, CALABARZON and Central Luzon make up […]


Gov’t pushes local management of fish sanctuaries for sustainability

To ensure sustainability of marine resources, the Philippine government will pursue preferential access for small-scale fishermen in managing coastal fishing grounds and marine sanctuaries. “Networks of MPAs (marine protected areas), fish refuge and sanctuaries and managed access areas will be pursued to improve ecological connectivity,” according to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). These measures will be implemented across municipalities on a national scale, which includes territorial use rights in fisheries, MPAs, and seasonal closures for selected species. In February, the National Economic and Development Authority Board approved the PDP 2017-2022, which sets targets and lays down policies that serve as […]


JICA, NEDA, DOE team up to boost energy supply in Mindanao’s conflict-affected areas

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) signed this week a 771 million yen (about PHP340 million) grant aid project to support the energy sector in Mindanao’s conflict-affected areas. Said project will be implemented by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) of the Department of Energy (DOE) and is part of JICA’s continuing support to peace and development in Mindanao. The project will upgrade the power distribution equipment of the six electric cooperatives (ECs) operating in the area. Data from said ECs showed an average of 26 percent energy losses due to the aging equipment […]