CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- During its 127th Full Council meeting on 24 September 2021, the Northern Mindanao Regional Development Council (RDC-X) supported projects, policies, and plans to boost regional economic development.

The Council endorsed the following proposals to concerned agencies while several bills received support:

  • Mindanao Inclusive Agriculture Development Project;
  • Philippines-Israel Solar-Powered Fertigation Project;
  • Philippine Fisheries and Coastal Resiliency Project;
  • Establishment of Center for Waste to Energy: Recycling for Power and Heat at Xavier University;
  • Establishment of Alternative Staples for Health R&D Center at USTP Claveria;
  • R.A. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code and DOTr-DPWH-DILG Joint Memorandum Circular 2018-011 on enforcing the vehicles speed limits;
  • Senate Bill 1742/House Bill 299 or the Philippine Spectrum Management Act;
  • E.O. No. 141 or “Adopting as a National Priority the Implementation of Measures to Address the Root Causes of the Rising Numbers of Teenage Pregnancies;”
  • House Bill converting the Provincial Science and Technology Center into Provincial Science and Technology Office in every province and appropriating funds therefor; and
  • House Bill establishing the Science for Change Program and appropriating funds therefor.

Said proposed projects and legislations are seen to bolster science, innovation and agriculture; protect the environment; attain demographic dividend; and propel economic recovery in Northern Mindanao.

Moreover, the Council confirmed the creation of the Regional Committee on Devolution under the RDC-X, which will steer actions in support of the implementation of EO 138 or the full devolution of basic services to local government units (LGUs) starting 2022.

The RDC-X also backed the establishment of the Northern Mindanao Project Development Assistance Center. The Center is designed to enhance capacities of RDC-X member national government agencies and LGUs, state universities and colleges, and other major stakeholders along project planning and development, project appraisal, review and evaluation, and project source funding.

Also approved was the creation of the Regional Communications and Advocacy Committee as a Special Committee under the RDC-X. The Committee is a reconstitution of the existing RDC-X Communication and Advocacy Program-Subcommittee. The move will strengthen the communications arm of the Council and addresses prevalent misinformation and disinformation in the digital age.

Dir. Alfonso P. Alamban, CESO III, RDC-X Regional Research, Development, and Innovation Committee Chair and Department of Science and Technology-X Regional Director presents several projects to advance regional priorities, for endorsement of the RDC-X during