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The National Economic and Development Authority conducted a regional consultation on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), 2017-2022 on November 23, 2016 in Cagayan de Oro City. The activity is part of the consultative process to ensure wider ownership of the plan.

Some 120 representatives from the various government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, academe and the private sector participated in the consultation.

RDC-X Chair & Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr., in his opening remarks, stressed the need to identify spatially and sectorally-focused strategies to ensure inclusivity.  “This is why the Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao is conducting a series of provincial and city consultations to generate inputs for the formulation of the Regional Development Plan (RDP) and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP),” he added.

Assistant Secretary Mercedita A. Sombilla of the NEDA Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Staff presented the salient features of the draft Philippine Development Plan, 2017-2022 anchored on the Ambisyon Natin 2040 – a vision that shall serve as a guide in development planning for at least four administrations.  She also presented the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals that shall stimulate action over the next 15 years.

Programs, policies and strategies proposed for consideration in the PDP include the  following, among others: 1) encouraging congressional representatives to legislate the  creation of more courts and increasing budgetary allocation of courts; 2) providing appropriate interventions for drug-related cases; 3) implementation of conflict-sensitive and peace-promoting projects through convergence efforts; 4) strengthening linkages between the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and large-scale corporations; 5) revitalizing major industries affected by globalization;  6)  on-site skills training for rural communities; 7) establishing suitable settlements and workshop centers for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and other vulnerable groups; 8) allocating one percent of agencies’ budget for the youth; 9) holistic assistance to poor but deserving students; 10) establishing alternative transport solutions; 11) rationalizing the location of coal-fired power plants; and 12) improving connectivity in far-flung and poverty-stricken areas.

In his closing remarks, RDC-X Macro Committee Chair Arsenio Sebastian III expressed appreciation to the Planning Committee for involving the regional stakeholders and praised the participants for their continuous commitment and support to the planning exercise.  (Peleta B. Abejo, DRD, NRO-X)

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LEON M. DACANAY, JR., CESO III

Regional Director, NEDA-X

Vice-Chairperson, RDC-X