The Advisory Committee (AdCom) of the MIMAROPA Regional Development Council conducted its first meeting for the term 2016-2019  on May 30, 2018 at the Montilla Hall, House of Representatives in Quezon City.

Discussed during the meeting were the FY 2019 budget proposals of national government agencies (NGAs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) in MIMAROPA that were endorsed by the RDC during its 62nd full council meeting held on March 20, 2018 in Calapan City.

Chaired by MIMAROPA RDC Chairperson and Governor Jose C. Alvarez of Palawan, the RDC AdCom members present during the meeting were Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali of the 2nd district of Oriental Mindoro, Rep. Franz Josef George E. Alvarez of the 1st district of Palawan, Rep. Frederick F. Abueg of the 2nd district of Palawan, Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola of Occidental Mindoro, Development Administration Committee Chairperson Kathy Lene S. Cielo, Economic Development Committee Chairperson Rodne R. Galicha, Infrastructure Development Committee Chairperson Rev. Fr. Arvin Anthony J. Madla, Social Development Committee Chairperson Marvi R. Trudeau, DBM MIMAROPA Regional Director Renato M. De Vera, and DILG MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director Ariel O. Iglesia.

Also in attendance were Party-List Representative Tricia Nicole Q. Velasco-Catera of Ang Mata’y Alagaan, Mayor Roberto M. Madla of Boac, Marinduque, Mayor Russel S. Madrigal of Buenavista, Marinduque, regional directors of regional line agencies, presidents of state universities and colleges, and private sector representatives.

In his message, Governor Alvarez emphasized that the inclusion of the FY 2019 budget proposals in the agency budgets will ensure achievement of the sectoral outcomes specified in the MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 and warrant the realization of the long-term vision or AmBisyon Natin 2040. He thanked the participants for their efforts and support to ensure that the MIMAROPA region will get a fairer share in the FY 2019 budget.

The RDC sectoral committee chairpersons presented the agency budget utilization rates, regional share to national agency  budget, and FY 2019 proposed budgets of selected member agencies of the development administration, economic development, infrastructure development, and social development committees.

Cong. Umali emphasized the need for agencies to be more proactive in proposing new projects, particularly DILG MIMAROPA that has very low percent share in the agency’s total budget.

RDC Vice Chairperson and NEDA MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Raul S. Anlocotan presented a summary of the priority programs, projects and activities by congressional district to fastrack implementation of major PPAs, generate policy recommendations for legislation, and seek support from MIMAROPA Congressmen.

Moreover, DOT MIMAROPA Regional Director Maria Luisa S. Diploma presented the proposed DOT-DPWH convergence projects in MIMAROPA per congressional district amounting to P6,010,693,547.14.

Furthermore, DILG MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director Ariel O. Iglesia presented the status of locally identified projects that cannot be funded from the resources of the local government units (LGUs) for possible funding and implementation by the NGAs. The projects were already validated by the concerned agencies.

DENR MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director Vicente Tuddao, Jr. presented the action plans in addressing environmental issues in tourism destination areas in MIMAROPA paricularly Puerto Galera (Oriental Mindoro) and El Nido and Coro (Palawan).

The success of the AdCom meeting demonstrates the value of unity between and among the region’s chief executives and legislators in pursuing regional development.