The provincial government of Oriental Mindoro hosted the 60th RDC full council meeting held on September 8, 2017 in Oriental Mindoro.

Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. presided the meeting which was attended by Occidental Mindoro Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola, Calapan City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan, Boac, Marinduque Mayor Roberto M. Madla, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Angelina F. Tria, Corcuera, Romblon Mayor Rachel M. Bañares, Socorro, Oriental Mindoro Mayor Maria Fe V. Brondial, directors and representatives of regional lines agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges, and private sector representatives.

Other special guests who were also present during the meeting are: Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo V. Umali, NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development Adoracion M. Navarro, and Office of the Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog Secretary Jose Maria Nicomedes F. Hernandez.

The following matters were endorsed during the meeting: 1) funding of Calapan City coastal road project; 2) funding of Calapan City airport development project; 3) DOST’s establishment of calamansi research and development center under the Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) program; and 4) DOST’s bamboo utilization research program under NICER program.

The council approved the resolutions on the following: 1) creation of Regional Research Development and Innovation Committee as a special committee under the RDC; 2) support to CALABARZON RDC Executive Committee Resolution No. IV-A-04-2017; 3) support to CALABARZON RDC Resolution No. IV-A-54-2017; 4) support to RDCom Visayas resolution requesting Congress to increase the penalties imposed against overload trucks/trailers; 5) confirmation of the AFP as additional non-voting member of the RDC; and 6) appreciation to the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro for hosting the 2017 3rd quarter RDC full council meeting.

The members were informed on the peace and order situation, report on illegal drug use, status of mining industry, Avian Influenza outbreak, 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index, DAP’s public management development program, 8th RDC-PSR national convention, status of RDC endorsed projects, and project monitoring report.