The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) held a consultation-workshop on the updating of the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2017-2022 on July 30 at the City Garden Suites in Ermita, Manila.

Updating of the RDIP is being conducted annually to revalidate and enhance the programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) of agency regional offices (AROs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) in the region. The activity also aims to ensure that the PPAs remain consistent with the goals and strategies identified in the Regional Development Plan (RDP). The updated RDIP shall include all ongoing programs and projects and new PPAs for implementation in 2020-2022.

NEDA MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director (RD) Susan A. Sumbeling,  in her opening remarks,  cited some important regional accounts like the increase  in gross regional development product (GRDP), positive employment rate, and the decline in poverty incidence to emphasize on the upward economic changes in the region. However, she said that we should also look deeper into the context of the people’s day-to-day existence and find out how the figures actually impact on them. She also explained that updating of the RDIP is critical in the implementation of the RDP through programs and projects that are attuned with the national and regional development agenda.

Ms. Jobelle M. Cruzado of NEDA MIMAROPA presented the overview of the workshop while OIC Assistant RD Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. explained the regional development investment programming and RDC project endorsement processes. Atienza also stressed the need for more project proposals being submitted for funding by national government agencies and other institutions.

EnP. Marian Cunanan of Marinduque, EnP. Lydia Muñeca Melgar of Oriental Mindoro, Engr. Anthony Dantes  of Occidental Mindoro, Ms. Evelyn Magayam of Romblon, Ms. Riza Flores of Palawan, and EnP. Jovenee Sagun of the City of Puerto Princesa presented their respective priority PPAs for concurrence of concerned regional line agencies (RLAs).

Breakout workshops by sector such as infrastructure, economic, social, and development administration were conducted to confirm the PPA for fiscal year (FY) 2020-2022 in the annual investment programs of the respective RLAs focusing on Tier 2 projects or the new or expanded projects. It was also stressed that projects which were not included in the National Expenditure Program (NEP) 2020 may still be included in the FY 2021 or FY 2022. The local government unit representatives were also given opportunities to reiterate their concerns and priority projects.  Each group was tasked to identify priority programs and projects of their sector for calendar year (CY) 2021-2022 based on responsiveness to PDP, RDP and results matrices, readiness of the project for implementation, complementation with other programs/projects, inclusion in the public investment program (PIP) 2017-2022, and inter-agency convergence programs/projects for geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, conflict-affected areas, and vulnerable communities.

Workshop outputs will presented during the special sectoral committee meetings on August 16, 2019.

Atienza, in his closing remarks, discussed the next steps and activities to be undertaken relative to the RDIP and their corresponding target dates of completion. He likewise commended the active participation of everyone in the workshop.