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RDC-X pushes for stronger GO-NGO ties in 2008

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (21 November) -- Further strengthening of partnership between the government and the private sector will be among the priority thrusts of the Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X) for calendar year 2008.

This, to address the region's major challenges outlined in the updated Medium Term Regional Development Plan (MTRDP), 2008-1010, Myra V. Balandra, Regional Director of the National Economic Development Authority, region 10, and RDC-X Vice-Chairperson, said.

As such, RDC-X will be deeply involved in the preparation, implementation and undertaking of concrete development programs and projects at the regional and local levels and in monitoring of action areas, in coordination with the regional line agencies, (RLA's), local government units (LGU's), state universities and colleges (SUC's), other private institutions and non-government organizations.

Balandra said, next year, RDC-X will also engage itself in mobilizing resources and follow-up of funds for the region's major programs and projects listed in the updated Medium-Term Regional Development Investment Program (MTRDIP) as approved by the Investment Coordinating Committee (ICC) and the Agency Central Offices.

It will also provide technical assistance to provinces in updating their Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plans using the Provincial Local Planning and Expenditure Management (PLPEM) guidelines of NEDA incorporating therein, their disaster risk management plans.

Moreover, Balandra said the council will undertake concrete development programs/projects and conduct capability-building and skills enhancement trainings in the areas of planning, investment programming, project development, monitoring and evaluation and in managing special programs/projects of the region.

It will also attract and support more businesses that will engage in the region's preferred investment areas, especially along agriculture, fisheries, tourism, small and medium crafts and manufacturing enterprises and power generating projects.

Likewise, RDC-X will involve in activities that engender the virtues of productivity and quality in the workplace and community as it advocates for wider support and commitment in the realization of the goals, objectives and targets of the MTRDP, as well as, other special concerns supported by the council.

Among others, these concerns include the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, environmental protection ad sustainable development, gender and development, upholding the rights of children and the youth.

"On top of all these thrusts, RDC-X will document the best practices and promote model projects being undertaken by regional development stakeholders for dissemination, emulation and replication," Balandra added.

Meanwhile, a total of Php4.4 million have been proposed by RDC-X for its work and financial plans (WFP), next year, assuming the following sources of funds:

Congressional appropriation of Php3.639 million, the amount of which was the same during CY 2007, contribution of Php5,000 each by the RDC-RLA members and Php709,188 from the LGU's of the region. (PIA 10) [top]

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