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The draft  final  report  of the study to evaluate the effectiveness of private sector representatives (PSRs)  in Regional Development Councils (RDCs) was presented by the  Brain Trust, Inc. (BTI),  commissioned by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

The presentation of the draft final report was attended by RDC members composed of representatives from regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units and PSRs. The activity  aimed  to solicit additional inputs and comments on the conclusions and recommendations emanated during the conduct of the study.

The BTI, led by Mr. Danilo Songco, project team leader, together with Mr. Wilfredo Nuqui and Mr. Jose Ignatius Pagsanghan, research team members, presented the report of the study on November 12 at the Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila in Pasay City.

The study aims to identify areas for improvement, and recommend programs and policies to enhance PSRs’ participation in the RDC. It also  aims to  institutionalize a periodic evaluation of the engagement of PSRs in  the Councils. Regions 1 (Ilocos), III (Central Luzon) and MIMAROPA were covered by the study.

The project team conducted surveys, focus group discussions (FGDs) and key informant interviews or KIIs to RDC members including local chief executives, RLAs, PSRs, and NEDA.

Acting RDC Vice Chairperson and  OIC Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA thanked the RDC members who participated actively during the conduct of the FGDs ,  interviews, and surveys for the study. Sumbeling also expressed hope that through the study, there will be an increased participation of the private sector in the RDC and a strengthened partnership with them towards achieving a “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat ng MIMAROPAns”.