The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted its reorganizational meeting for the term 2019-2022 on July 31 at the Heritage Hotel Manila in Pasay City.

 Acting RDC Vice Chairperson and NEDA OIC Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling presided over the meeting which was attended by Occidental Mindoro Governor Eduardo B. Gadiano, Oriental Mindoro Governor Humerlito A. Dolor, Marinduque Governor Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr., Romblon Governor Jose R. Riano, Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez, Romblon, Romblon Mayor Gerard S. Montojo, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Angelina F. Tria, San Vicente, Palawan Mayor Amy Roa Alvarez, 20 directors and representatives of regional line agencies (RLAs) and local government units (LGUs), and 11 private sector representatives (PSRs).

The reorganizational meeting was conducted to nominate 2 local chief executives and 2 PSRs who are ex-officio members of the RDC from whom the president shall appoint the Chairperson and Co-Chairperson and to confirm the new sets of RDC PSRs.

For the selection of nominees for RDC Chairperson and Co-Chairperson, Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez and Romblon Governor Jose R. Riano were nominated for the government sector while Ms. Marvi R. Trudeau and Mr. Rodne R. Galicha were nominated for the private sector.

The Council confirmed the membership of the newly elected PSRs for the CY 2019-2022 to the RDC and its sectoral committees, namely: Ms. Carmelita E. Cruz of Mangyan Mission Inc., Mr. Don Geoff E. Tabaranza of Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundations, Inc., Mr. Luis S. Caraan of Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas, Inc., Ms. Juvelyn Gumal-in of Pampamayanang Mangyan Ugnayan, Inc., Rev. Fr. Arvin Anthony J. Madla of Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns, Mr. Delfin M. Natal, Jr. of Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, Mr. Rodne R. Galicha of Bayay Sibuyanon, Inc., Ms. Marvi R. Trudeau of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., Ms. Carrine Mae H. Bobo of Palawan Aid International, Ms. Joanna J. Elideros of Taw Kabui for a Child, Inc., and Mr. Darius M. Guerrero as labor sector representative.

The Council also approved the resolution requesting concerned agencies, Congress, and Senate to provide funds for the establishment of the MIMAROPA regional government center (RGC) in Calapan City and urging the Department of Public Works and Highways MIMAROPA to fast track the preparation of the detailed engineering design and program of works for the establishment of the RGC.

 An audio visual presentation highlighting the accomplishments of RDC MIMAROPA for CY 2016-2019 under the leadership of Governor Alvarez was also presented to the Council members.

 The 68th RDC Full Council meeting will be held on September 6 in Metro Manila.