To fully operationalize the Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2017-2022, the Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X), in its 110th meeting on 27 February 2017, endorsed the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) requiring a total of PhP 560.031 billion for the years 2017-2022.
In his presentation, RDC-X Vice-Chair and NEDA-X Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. said the bulk or 64 percent (PhP356.897 billion) of the estimated six-year investment requirement will fund programs, projects and activities (PPAs) in the infrastructure sector. This includes social-related infrastructures such as school buildings and health units as well as agri-support facilities like farm-to-market roads and irrigation systems. Twenty three percent (PhP127.505 billion) are for PPAs in the social sector; 11 percent (PhP61.208 billion) for projects in the economic sector; and three percent (PhP14.420 billion) for PPAs in the macro sector.
The RDIP is an accompanying document of the Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2017-2022 that contains agencies’ prioritized programs and projects in line with the national and regional development agenda. It will facilitate resource mobilization and help the region achieve its vision of becoming the leading industrial and trade center in Southern Philippines. The document will be presented to the RDC-X Advisory Committee, composed of RDC-X officers and legislators from the region, for support.
With 85 percent of the members in attendance, the meeting was presided over by RDC-X Chair and Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr. In his opening message, he emphasized that the RDC-X shall remain steadfast in pushing forward the development priorities of Northern Mindanao. He further remarked that the RDC-initiated local consultations opened opportunities for the local government units (LGUs) to identify locally-needed programs, projects and activities (PPAs).
RDC-X also approved the Regional Policy Guidelines in the Preparation and Review of the FY 2018 Budget Proposals of Agency Regional Offices, State Universities and Colleges and Special Development Authorities. Director Dacanay stressed that agencies shall focus on implementing programs and projects that would address the strategies indicated in the RDP 2017-2022.
The Council expressed support to the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) that will be held at the World Trade Center, Manila on 19-21 May, 2017 and enjoined local government units to actively get involved and provide support to the IFEX. It also endorsed the proposed Urban Transport System Master Plan for Cagayan de Oro and Iligan to improve access and connectivity, decongest road traffic, and ensure efficient movement of people, goods and services.
The meeting ended with Governor Zubiri’s announcement of Bukidnon’s hosting of the Kaamulan Festival which already started last February 1 and will end on March 25, 2017. (Peleta B. Abejo, DRD, NEDA-X)
Approved for transmission:
(hard copy signed 2/28/17)
LEON M. DACANAY, JR., CESO III
Regional Director, NEDA-X