The MIMAROPA Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) convened for its 4th quarter meeting on November 24 through zoom video conference. Marinduque Governor Presbitero Jose Velasco, Jr. has been reappointed as the MIMAROPA IDC Chairperson by Regional Development Council (RDC) MIMAROPA Chairperson Romblon Gov. Jose “Otik” Riano. Regional Director (RD) Agustin C. Mendoza of the NEDA Regional Office MIMAROPA administered the oath of office of Gov. Velasco as IDC chairperson. He will serve for three years which coincides with his term as a local elective official.
Gov. Velasco obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines. He placed sixth in the 1971 Philippine Bar Examination with a bar rating of 89.85 percent.
He also served as undersecretary of the Department of Justice, Commissioner of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Chairperson of the Board of Pardons and Parole, and Commissioner of the Commission on Settlement of Land Disputes, among others.
In 1998, he was appointed Court of Appeals Justice, named Court Administrator in 2001, and was appointed as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in March 2006 by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. After his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2018, he ran and won as provincial governor of Marinduque and is now serving on his second term.
In his welcome remarks, Gov. Velasco expressed his gratitude to the RDC chairperson for his re-appointment as IDC chairperson. He encouraged everyone to actively engage in the discussion to achieve MIMAROPA’s goal of economic transformation towards a prosperous, inclusive, and resilient society. He also welcomed the new members of the Committee for the term 2022-2025.
Meanwhile, RD Mendoza presented the reorganization of IDC for the term 2022-2025, highlighting the functions and composition of its membership. Atty. Homelo V. Estoque of Philippine Adventist Medical Aviation Services, Inc. was elected as the new IDC co-chairperson during the meeting.
The IDC endorsed the strategy framework of the MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2023-2028, and the infrastructure sectors’ specific strategies and legislative agenda. The Committee also endorsed the MIMAROPA Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2023-2028, 2022 MIMAROPA Regional Development Report (RDR) Preparation Guidelines, and the proposed schedule of 2023 RDC meetings for approval of the RDC.
The virtual meeting concluded with the conferment of posthumous recognition to the late IDC members: Dir. Hilarion E. Ulep, former Land Transportation Office MIMAROPA RD, and Mr. Efren M. Nagrama, former Area Center Manager of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, for their contributions to IDC MIMAROPA.