The MIMAROPA Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) reviewed and endorsed to the Regional Development Council (RDC) the fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget proposals of nine infrastructure agencies in the region. IDC Chairperson and Marinduque Governor Presbitero Velasco Jr. presided over the IDC online meeting through zoom video conference on February 23.
In his message, Governor Velasco encouraged the committee to arrive at a common position in terms of identifying and prioritizing program, activities and projects or PAPs that would regain and improve the region’s economy, including those responsive to the ideas and principles of the three components of the National Spatial Strategy (NSS), connectivity, regional agglomeration, and vulnerability reduction.
The nine infrastructure agencies which presented their FY 2023 budget proposals for MIMAROPA region are the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) MIMAROPA, Land Transportation Office (LTO) MIMAROPA, Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Luzon Cluster 3, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Regional Office IV, National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Power Corporation (NPC), National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) MIMAROPA, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) MIMAROPA.
All budget proposals of the nine line agencies were recommended by the committee for RDC endorsement to their central offices and to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The committee recommended some revisions to DICT Luzon Cluster 3 and NEA budget proposals, to include additional Wi-Fi/power sites that would come from proposals of the local government units in the region.
The committee also tackled the salient feature of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act and Government Energy Management Program, the DPWH “For Later Release” projects, Local Public Transport Route Plan , and the FY 2022 IDC work program and FY 2021 accomplishments report.