NEDA-11 leads RDC reorganization, decentralized development
Davao City (6 August) -- The National Economic and Development Authority is spearheading the reorganization of the Regional Development Council (RDC) to push for decentralized development as part of the new Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP).
Through its regional offices, NEDA is now starting the nomination of at least two local chief executives, governor or mayor, who are ex-officio members and two private sector representatives from whom the President will select and appoint the Chair and Co-chair of the RDC.
"The reorganized RDCs will immediately tackle the preparation of the Regional Development Plans that will outline President Aquino's vision and programs for the regions," Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, Jr. said at the 52nd Meeting of the NEDA Regional Development Office held recently in Bohol.
Paderanga, who is also NEDA director-general, stressed the importance of the RDCs in the pursuit of decentralized development as they are an important connection to the people living outside Metro Manila. He said that it is vital that regional line agencies touch base with their respective central offices to provide the regional breakdown of national targets and the location of strategic priority projects in the regions.
Executive Order 325 or the Reorganization of the Regional Development Councils mandates that the RDCs are reorganized every three years following the election of a new set of local officials. It also says that if the Chair is from the government, the Co-Chair should be from the private sector, or vice versa. They will serve for three years.
Involvement of the private sector is in line with the President's goal for multi-stakeholder participation in the development process. Representatives will come from various sectors of the region, such as farmers and fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, youth, women, children, workers, vulnerable groups, academe and business. The nomination process is targeted to be completed by the end of August.
The NEDA Regional Offices are tasked to convene the RDCs' Advisory Committees (AdCom). Members of the House of Representatives representing the provinces and districts of the region will compose the AdCom that will advise, assist, and support the Council in discharging its functions.
Meanwhile, NEDA Deputy Director-General Margarita R. Songco, in a presentation during the NEDA regional directors' meeting, said that the government must equalize opportunities geographically and across sectors for every Filipino in terms of employment, income opportunities, and human development in order to attain the national development objectives of inclusive growth and poverty reduction.
In the meeting, Paderanga also tackled the preparation of the MTPDP and the recent State of the Nation Address. He said that the main strength of the new administration is Aquino's willingness to give attention to what the people in the government think. "The development planning exercise will give a good look at what is expected for NEDA in the next six years", he added. (PIA) [top]