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RDC-7 DevAd committee sets 3-yr agenda

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu, Philippines (26 September) -- The Development Administration Committee (Dev-Ad) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Central Visayas held its first meeting recently to set its agenda for the next years (RDC-calendar year 2007-2010).

Roderic Poca, private sector representative to the RDC and this year's chair of the DevAd committee welcomed the regular members and buckled down to business.

Ma. Madelyn Escandor of NEDA-7 reported on the notable accomplishments of the committee based on the various advocacies of the members. She said that the DevAd committee was highly responsible for the establishment of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Seaman's Book in Cebu as well as several advocacy proposals from the members.

Escandor also informed the body that there are several specific tasks of the DevAd committee that included the areas on planning, investment programming, budgeting, project development and others.

Escandor further said that the DevAd committee coordinates the preparation of the development administration sector component of the RDC; coordinates and prepares the DevAd sector annual assessment reports and formulate policy recommendations including legislative proposals.

In investment programming, the DevAd committee coordinates the preparation of the DevAd sector component of the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) and updates it annually while in budgeting, the committee reviews the annual budget proposals of member regional line agencies to ensure that the priorities of the sector and the region are included in the agency budget proposals.

In project development, the committee also identifies broad programs, and reviews, evaluates and endorses programs/projects of the DevAd sector that require national government and ODA funding. It will also facilitate and coordinate project preparation, funding and implementation of programs/projects under this sector.

The committee also serves as a forum for discussing and resolving major policy issues and problems concerning development administration.

According to Escandor there are five areas of concern that the DevAd sector is expected to advocate: On Development Institutions (GO and NGO) that would include decentralization and local autonomy, streamlining government bureaucracy, strengthening of people's organizations and cooperatives, rationalization of government bodies e.g. SK.

Second, is on Governance that includes government structures, processes, systems, procedures and mechanisms. The committee will find innovative ways of delivering government services and simplification of government procedures and processes.

Third, is on Public Finance that would include area on how to increase local revenues and the distribution of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

Fourth, is on the area of peace & order, Law Enforcement, and Administration of Justice and fifth, on Disaster Management and Preparedness.

To set the tone and momentum of the committee's 3-year agenda, DevAd Committee chair Roderic Poca solicited idea proposals from each member for inclusion in the priorities that NEDA-7 will prepare for agenda discussion during the committee's regular meetings within the 3-year period. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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