The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC IV-B) endorsed the fiscal year (FY) 2019 proposed priority programs, projects and activities (PPAs) of 31 MIMAROPA agency regional offices and six state universities and colleges (SUCs) amounting to ₱123.04 billion for inclusion in the FY 2019 budget. This was during the RDC’s 62nd Full Council meeting held on March 20 in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
The meeting was presided over by MIMAROPA RDC Chairperson and Governor Jose C. Alvarez of Palawan. It was attended by regional directors of national government agencies, executives of local government units (LGUs), and private sector leaders. Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. of Oriental Mindoro and Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola of Occidental Mindoro also attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, Secretary Jose Maria Nicomedes F. Hernandez of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog and the Philippines Special Envoy to China William D. Lima were guests at the meeting.
The FY 2019 proposed PPAs include Tourism Road Infrastructure Projects under the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) convergence and priority projects. These are identified in the Local Development Investment Program that cannot be funded from the resources of the LGUs. The priority projects cover Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the Department of Health (DOH), Farm-to- Market Roads of the Department of Agriculture (DA), SALINTUBIG Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Communal Irrigation System of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA), Level III Water Supply System of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), and Local Roads and Bridges Program of DPWH.
The RDC sectoral committee chairpersons also presented the budget utilization rates and percent share to national agency budget of selected member agencies of the development administration, economic development, infrastructure development, and social development committees.
The RDC Advisory committee will convene on May 30 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, to solicit support from the eight congressmen of MIMAROPA for the priority projects of RLAs and SUCs.