The 77th MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council Meeting was held last December 3 virtually through Zoom platform.  

RDC Chairperson and Romblon Governor Jose R. Riano presided over the meeting attended by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS) Technical Working Group (TWG) Chairperson and Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Alexander S. Lopez, directors and representatives of regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and private sector representatives.

​​​​​​​In his message, Governor Riano emphasized the resiliency showcased by MIMAROPA RDC member agencies as public servants for enduring challenges and setbacks brought about  by  COVID-19 pandemic. He commended their efforts and initiatives in contributing to the Council’s accomplishments for the past quarters. He encouraged everyone to have a fruitful and meaningful engagement and turn ideas into action to create a strongly-rooted, comfortable, and secure life for MIMAROPAns.

Meanwhile, CORDS TWG Chairperson and DOE Undersecretary Alexander S. Lopez represented MIMAROPA CORDS and Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi. Lopez read Secretary Cusi’s message emphasizing how the government overcame uncertainties and adverse economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic despite limited resources. He recognized the commitment of RDC member agencies to public service and accomplishments that are geared towards MIMAROPA’s sustainable development. He enjoined everyone to continue creating value for the public and ensure that services are translated into meaningful and useful results both on the ground and in policy-making institutions.

The approval of the updated MIMAROPA Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2017-2022 and 2023 Annual Investment Program (AIP) was one of the highlights of the meeting presented by OIC-Assistant Regional Director Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. of the NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA. The MIMAROPA RDIP contains rolling list of projects, activities, and programs (PAPs) to be implemented and funded by agency regional offices (ARO), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), government financial institutions, other national government offices and instrumentalities, and SUCs within the medium-term to contribute to the achievement of the societal goal and target indicators in the MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan (RDP). The updated RDIP has a total investment requirements amounting to PHP603.58 billion. This consisted of the following: (a) PHP8.33 billion under the development administration sector; (b) PHP30.62 billion under the economic development sector; (c) PHP277.27 billion under the infrastructure development sector; and (d) PHP287.36 billion under the social development sector. 

Moreover, the Council approved/endorsed the following: (a) 2021 Regional Development Report (RDR) Preparation Guidelines; (b) proposed Environment and Natural Resources Information System (ENRIS) Spatial Decision Support for Palawan Island Eco-Region; (c) Integrated Water Resource Management Framework; (d) province of Marinduque as a mining-free zone; (e) RDC VII Resolution no. 43, s. 2021 or  Expanding  the Coverage of Z-Benefits (PhilHealth Circular 2015-035); and (f) proposed schedule of 2022 RDC meetings.

​​​​​​​The members were also informed on the following: (a) Republic Act 11285 or the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act; (b) COVID-19 Response Situationer; (c) Regional Economic Situationer; (d) Project Monitoring Reports; (e) status of RDC endorsed projects; and (f) updates on the submission of devolution transition plans of concerned AROs.

​​​​​​​The 78th RDC Full Council meeting will be held on March 4, 2022.