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RDC-X Chairperson and Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr. pushed for the bottom up process in the formulation of the Regional Development Plan, 2017-2022 by conducting consultations with the provinces and highly-urbanized cities in the region. This is to ensure wider participation of concerned stakeholders at the local level, ensure ownership, and enlist commitment and support of the LGUs in the entire planning process.

The local consultations were actively led by Governor Zubiri with strong support from Governor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo of Camiguin; Governor Imelda Q. Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte; Governor Herminia M. Ramiro of Misamis Occidental; and Governor Yevgeny Vincente V. Emano of Misamis Oriental;  Mayor Oscar S. Moreno of Cagayan de Oro; Vice-Mayor Jemar Vera Cruz of Iligan City;  and Mayor Marie L. Guingona of Gingoog City.

In his message, Governor Zubiri urged everyone to actively participate in the consultation and come up with meaningful and concrete recommendations in the formulation of the successor Regional Development Plan for 2017-2022.  “As the Chair,  I can be your Champion in lobbying for support from the President, ” he said. “I  considered  this consultation  as  an opportunity to meet and discuss with the regional and local stakeholders on what is best for our region and for the provinces and cities in the next six years,” Governor Zubiri added.

The activity also served as a venue in advocating the Ambisyon Natin 2040  which was approved by President Rodrigo R. Duterte and adopted as a guide in crafting the four (4) medium-term Philippine and Regional Development Plans that shall be implemented until 2040.

The consultations were largely participated by local officials, members of the local development councils/local Sanggunians, and province/city-based private/business sectors and non-government/people’s organizations.

Local issues and concerns,  programs, projects, policy, and research agenda were generated and inputted into the draft RDP, 2017-2022.  The RDP, 2017-2022 is scheduled for presentation to the RDC-X during its meeting on December 15, 2016. (Peleta B. Abejo, DRD, NRO-X)

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(Hard copy signed 12/14/16)

LEON M. DACANAY, JR., CESO III

Regional Director, NEDA-X

Vice-Chairperson, RDC-X