The 79th Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council Meeting  was held last  June 3 in Pasay City. MIMAROPA RDC Chairperson and Romblon Governor Jose R. Riano presided over the meeting and delivered the state of the region address or SORA.

​​​​​​​The event  was attended by Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security-Technical Working Group (CORDS-TWG) Head and Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Alexander S. Lopez, Marinduque Governor Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., Calapan City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan, Mamburao Municipal Mayor Angelina F. Tria, RDC Vice Chairperson and NEDA Regional Office MIMAROPA Regional Director (RD) Agustin C. Mendoza, directors and representatives of regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and private sector representatives.

Governor Riano, in his SORA,  highlighted  the current socioeconomic situation of the region and major accomplishments of the RDC relative to infrastructure development, economic development, environmental integrity, social development, development administration, and cross sectoral concerns from 2019 to 2022. 

He emphasized the priority development concerns that should be addressed and the corresponding strategic interventions that  RDC should pursue  to get back to pre-pandemic situation. These included the updating of Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP) and formulation of Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2023-2028, which shall integrate the following priorities: (a) recovery from adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic and increase health capacity services; (b) disaster risk reduction/climate change adaptation; (c) agriculture-tourism development; (d) smart infrastructure; (e) implementation of MIMAROPA Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Action Plan; (f) addressing teenage pregnancy; (g) fast tracking the upgrading of education sub-sector requirements; and (h) establishment of the regional government center.

Meanwhile, Usec Lopez read the message of MIMAROPA CORDS and Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi. In his message, he commended the efforts and accomplishments of  RDC MIMAROPA for the past six years as the current administration transitions to a new one. He highlighted how the convergence effort between the RDC MIMAROPA, Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) MIMAROPA, and various regional stakeholders was able to deter the adverse effects of insurgency in the region. He also called upon the inclusivity of all PPAs and stakeholders in the region to maintain stability. Finally, he encouraged everyone to put every MIMAROPAn’s hope into action and add value into it by taking good care of public trust.

Governor Velasco extended his  gratitude to  RDC and its members for the support and efforts towards the development of Marinduque. He also enjoined everyone to continue working for the development of MIMAROPA with the incoming administration and pursue further the notable accomplishments to culminate the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

RD Mendoza presented the highlights and salient features of the Palawan Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (RRP) for Areas Affected by Typhoon Odette. It has a total funding requirement of PHP8.2 billion. The Palawan RRP for Areas Affected by Typhoon Odette contains assessment reports and proposed rehabilitation and recovery projects for typhoon Odette submitted by different agencies and LGUs that were validated through a series of dialogues and consultations with RLAs and agency central offices (ACOs). The Council approved and adopted the Palawan RRP.

​​​​​​​The Council also approved/endorsed the following: (a) 2021 MIMAROPA Regional Development Report; (b) development of Lamao Lake Project proposal; (2) Marinduque Economic Development Projects; (c) Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan Roadmap for MIMAROPA; (d) creation of MIMAROPA Power and Energy Technical Working Group; (e) Comprehensive Airport Safety Ordinance; (f) Marinduque infrastructure Development Projects; and (g) Azagra Airport Development Project.

The Council also expressed its support on the following: (a) partnership between the RDC-RPOC-CSOs through the institutionalization of Regional People’s Council; (b) NEDA Board Regional Development Committee-Mindanao Area (NB RDCom-MAC) Resolution No. 22, s. 2021; (c) Buy Local Advocacy Campaign; and, (d) Regional Nutrition Committee or RNC Resolution Nos. 1 & 4, s. 2022.

The MIMAROPA RDC finally met face-to-face after two years of meetings through video conference due to COVID-19 pandemic. The third quarter RDC  Full  Council meeting will be held on September 2.