CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- The Northern Mindanao Regional Development Council hosted its second Research Dissemination Forum on 05 February 2021 via video conferencing.

Earlier on, the RDC-X endorsed the conduct of research studies and projects that support outcomes on human capital development, poverty reduction, just and lasting peace, and accelerating infrastructure development to ensure evidenced-based planning and policy-making in Northern Mindanao.

“Researches bridge gaps and identify solutions to our pressing issues. The results and recommendations arising from these studies are important contributions in the attainment of our ultimate aspiration of a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay,” opened NEDA Undersecretary of the Regional Development Group, Mercedita A. Sombilla.

These endeavors were pursued collaboration with the State Universities and Colleges in the region, consulting firm, and concerned RDC-X Sectoral Committees with the support from various development partners. The results presented were on the following studies: 1) Master Plan for the Formulation of a Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development in Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro and its Five Pre-Feasibility Studies; 2) Determining the Factors Contributing to the Substantial Decline of Poverty Rates in Northern Mindanao; 3) Multidimensional Analysis of Determinants in the Academic Achievement of Basic Education Learners in Northern Mindanao: Its Implication to Higher Education Institutions; and 4) Defining the End of Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) State, Its Parameters and Indicators, and Means of Verification.

“The Council remains steadfast in its commitment to shepherd and disseminate for possible utilization and adoption of the policy recommendations set forth in the researches. We also continue to put more premium on the research and development initiatives undertaken by various institutions, and invest more in the younger generation to hone themselves along R&D to better ready themselves in addressing future setbacks and long-standing issues in the region,” quipped the RDC-X Chairperson, Governor Philip T. Tan of the province of Misamis Occidental.

The forum was attended by key officials and by over 300 participants representing the RDC-X, RPOC-X, academe, LGUs, private sector, CSOs/NGOs, among others. National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Chairperson, Sec. Allen A. Capuyan sat as one of the discussants.

“I invite each and every one to look beyond the words and figures of the researches and studies and appreciate how much still needs to be done and how much we can contribute in creating a greater and better Northern Mindanao,” concluded NEDA-X Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III.

The 2nd NorMin Regional Development Council Research Dissemination Forum presenters and discussants. Four research studies are presented along the lines of human capital development, poverty reduction, just and lasting peace, and infrastructure development.