What are the bases for the creation and operation of the RDC?
The RDC was established by virtue of Letter of Implementation No. 22 issued on 31 December 1972 pursuant to the implementation of the Integrated Reorganization plan of 1972. Its present constitutional foundation rests on article X, Section 14 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution which states that:
“The President shall provide for regional development council, or other similar bodies composed of local government officials, regional heads of departments and other offices, and representatives from non-government organization within the region for purposes of administrative decentralization to strengthen the autonomy of units therein and to accelerate the economic and social development of the units in the region”.
To carry out this provision, President Corazon C. Aquino issued executive Order 308 on 5 November 1987 to reorganize the RDC. Subsequent amendments include Eos. 318 (s. 1998), 347 and 366 (s. 1989), 455 (s. 1991) and 505 (s. 1992). In April 12, 1996, the foregoing Eos were repealed with the issuance of EO 325. This particular issuance was aimed at further strengthening the RDCs to make It more responsive to development in socio-political fields and to ensure sustainable and broad-based development process.
What is the Regional Development Council?
The Regional Development Council (RDC) is the primary institution to coordinate and to set the direction of all efforts for economic and social development in the region. It is also a forum where local initiatives can be related and integrated wit national development activities.
Why was the Regional Development Council Created?
The RDC was created in answer to the need for a single regional planning body whose main concern is the over all socioeconomic development of the region.
Why is there a need for Regional Development Council?
Regional planning is necessary to address the uneven economic and social development of the country. This stems from the recognition that the economics and social gains achieved so far have been unevenly distributed whereby much of the progress has been concentrated in a few regions.
Through regional planning, regional socioeconomic disparities could be minimized by providing all regions with opportunities to equitable growth and access to productive resources, social services and physical facilities.