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Mindanao RDC PSRs dared to host nat'l gab

by JMD Abangan

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley (9 October) -- The Calabarzon group of Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) to the Regional Development Council (RDC) has challenged counterparts in Mindanao to host the 2009 PSRs National Conference.

Richard Albert I. Osmond, convenor of Calabarzon RDC PSRs threw his call during the recently held 3rd Quarter RDC Meeting at the Provincial Capitol of Compostela Valley in Nabunturan.

He said the Visayan RDC PSRs had the national conference in Cebu last year while the Luzon PSRs will have it this year at the SEARCA Umali Auditorium, University of the Philippines, Los Banos from November 12 to 14.

"Next year's conference should be in Mindanao," Osmond said.

Along with his challenge, he called on PSRs of the Davao Region to take part in this year's PSRs National Conference which banners the theme, "Sustainable Regional and Local Development, Implications to RDC Work and Role of PSRs."

This year's national gathering of private representatives to RDC is expected to bring in about 200 participants including officials from the regional offices of the National Economic and Development Administration (NEDA).

Osmond bared objectives of this year's PSR national convention which seeks to update PSRs on current issues and concerns on food, energy and climate change and to look into their implications to the regional and local development.

PSRs would then be able to situate their roles "in the light of such concerns," Osmond said.

The national convention is also aimed at formulating and defining common agenda for policy and research advocacies, programs and projects and other activities among PSRs in all regions nationwide and at initiating moves to facilitate coordination and sharing of experiences among PSRs and their respective organizations.

Activities and topics of this year's conference have already been lined up and speakers have already confirmed of their presence during the event, Osmond said.

On the first day, participants will take a look at how Toyota Motors Philippines is operating in the country and will then be briefed on the new technologies and innovations that the car company has made.

They will also be toured to the Science Park I in Cabuyao, Laguna and will be taken to a side-trip to the Rizal Shrine in Calamba City.

Governor Rafael P. Nantes will treat the participants to a fellowship dinner on the first night of the event.

A session which will tackle the topic "PSRs at the forefront of Regional and Local Development in day 2, it will then be followed by a workshop which will seek to identify common PSR advocacies and related concerns.

The conference fora will tackle topics regarding volunteerism; climate change and its impact on regional development; and challenges to food and energy security.

NEDA Director General Ralph Recto will grace the plenary session on the last day. (PIA) [top]

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