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R-XI to host RDC private sector reps national confab

Davao City (4 February) -- With the theme "The RDC Beyond 2010: Strengthening the Role of the Private Sector," Davao Region will be hosting the 3rd Regional Development Council (RDC) Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) National Conference slated on 11-13 February 2010 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel, Davao City.

The conduct of the RDC-PSRs National Conference provides a venue for the PSRs to exchange views, particularly on their role in the RDC. This year's conference is aimed at inspiring and motivating the PSRs to carry on with their vital role of being the private sector's mouthpieces in the RDCs and the government's partner in regional development.

The Conference will gather PSRs from fourteen (14) RDCs in the country. The RDC is the highest policy-making body on socioeconomic development in each administrative region (except for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the National Capital Region).

It is composed of local chief executives, regional heads of departments and other government offices, and representatives of non-government organizations or the private sector. The PSRs comprise a quarter of the members of each full council. About 150 PSRs are expected to join this Conference, each of whom is a distinguished representative of a strategic sector in their home region.

The three-day conference will involve talks from distinguished resource persons, as well as field visits to showcase the region's industries and tourism sites. Mr. Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III, the President and CEO of the RFM Corporation and Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo Founder, will be sharing advice and encouragement on today's complex business world as the Keynote Speaker of this year's conference.

The other speakers are: Judge Dolores L. Espaņol (Transparency International Philippines Chapter) on PSRs: Sentries of Good Governance; AD Kenneth V. Tanate (NEDA) on Public and Private Sector Partnerships: Modalities and Best Practices; ASec Leonilo B. Lariosa (DoE) Revisiting the Power Sitatuion: Prospects and Opportunities for Private Sector Investments; and Mr. Ted Padova (Author) on The State, Prospects and Requirements of E-Commerce in the Philippines: with Focus on Promoting Online Transactions.

Davao Region takes pride in sharing to the participants the Panabo Mariculture Park, the TADECO packing house to showcase the banana industry, the Philippine Eagle Center, the Malagos Garden Resort and the Crocodile Park.

Mayor Rey T. Uy of Tagum City and wife, Ms. Alma L. Uy, who is also RDC XI's PSR representing the tourism industry, will host a welcome dinner to the participants on the first day after the field visits to Tagum City' s E-Park, La Filipina Cemetery Park, Economic Enterprise Zone and the tour of their New City Hall. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) will host a fellowship dinner on the second day of the conference.

The Organizing Committee of this year's PSR National Conference is headed by the RDC XI Chairperson, PSR Vicente T. Lao, with PSR Louie N. Rabat as the Conference Chairperson. The RDC XI Secretariat, the NEDA Regional Office XI, through Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim is currently coordinating with various stakeholders to get involved in this year's PSRs' National Conference as sponsorships keep pouring in from the various partners in the business sector.

Among the sponsors include; Philippine Airlines, ANFLOCOR, FS Dizon and Sons, Inc., Macondray Plastics, Inc. (MacPlas), AMS Farming Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Lapanday Foods Corporation, DOLE Philippines, SAGREX, Tesoro's Printing Press, Stanfilco, PBGEA and Chairman Vicente Lao.

Sponsors from the government sector also manifested support to the forthcoming conference especially Governor del Rosario of Davao del Norte; Governor Malanyaon of Davao Oriental; Governor Uy of Compostela Valley; Mayor Uy of Tagum City; Mayor Silvosa of Panabo City;

Mayor Rabat of Mati City as well as Congressional Representatives Franklin Bautista of the second district of Davao del Sur; Anton Lagdameo of the second district of Davao del Norte; Rommel Amatong and Manuel Zamora of the first and second districts, respectively of Compostela Valley and, Thelma Almario of the second district of Davao Oriental. (NEDA XI) [top]

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