The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in MIMAROPA conducted a regional consultation on the formulation of the MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update on October 10-11 in Manila.

The activity aimed to validate the initial assessment per sector, generate additional inputs particularly on regional issues and concerns with corresponding recommendations, strategies, and policies and ensure that the Whole-of-Nation approach is considered in the formulation of the MIMAROPA RDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update.

In her welcome remarks, OIC-Regional Director (RD) Susan A. Sumbeling of NRO MIMAROPA,  emphasized the need to ensure that the Whole-of-Nation approach, institutionalized by virtue of Executive Order No. 70, s. 2018, is considered in the formulation of the MIMAROPA RDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update. She encouraged everyone to listen attentively and note all the issues that may arise from Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) Regional Implementation Plans to be presented by the respective RTF-ELCAC cluster heads.

On behalf of the MIMAROPA Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security and Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, Undersecretary Alexander S. Lopez delivered his message and thanked NRO MIMAROPA for organizing the two-day consultation workshop. In his message, Usec. Lopez  congratulated the RTF-ELCAC members, especially the Western Command, Southern Luzon Command, and Philippine National Police (PNP) for  successfully conducting  the operations on the ground in relation to the implementation of the Whole-of-Nation approach.

He encouraged the various stakeholders to harmonize their respective plans and programs to maximize results, given the limited resources. He also highlighted the importance of convergence among the different agencies and RTF-ELCAC Clusters to efficiently implement the Whole-of-Nation approach.

The following RTF-ELCAC cluster heads and representatives presented their respective regional implementation plans including the accomplishments and needs assessment per cluster: (a) OIC-RD Rosalie A. Escobin of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Calabarzon   (Situational Awareness and Knowledge Management Cluster); (b) RD Gamaliel B. Vicente, Jr. of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority  MIMAROPA (Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster); (c) Atty. Josef Albert T. Comilang of Department of Justice Calabarzon  (Legal Cooperation Cluster); (d) Assistant RD Noel R. Bartolabac of Department of the Interior and Local Government  MIMAROPA (Local Government Empowerment Cluster), (Sectoral Unification, Capacity-Building, and Empowerment Cluster), (Basic Services Cluster), (Localized Peace Engagement Cluster), and (E-CLIP and Amnesty Program Cluster); (e) Ms. Melanie B. Ronquillo of Philippine Information Agency  MIMAROPA (Strategic Communication Cluster); and f) LtCol. Darren E. Comia of 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)  and Col. Romeo T. Racadio of Western Command of AFP (Peace, Law Enforcement, and Development Support Cluster).

Ms. Sheryll B. Sarabia of NRO MIMAROPA, meanwhile,  discussed the overview of the activity. She explained how Ambisyon Nation 2040, MIMAROPA’s vision to be ‘The Destination of Choice”, 0-10 point Socioeconomic Agenda, Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, MIMAROPA Strategic Regional Development Agenda, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, and Gender and Development were considered in the crafting of the MIMAROPA RDP 2017-2022 in 2016.

Sarabia emphasized the need to consider the Whole-of-Nation approach in the updated Plan. She also presented the workshop objectives, expected outputs, list of participants, plenary presentations, groups and tasking, mechanics, and output templates.

After the plenary presentations, the participants were divided into four breakout groups/regional planning committees (RPC) based on their respective concerns and expertise: (a) RPC 1 – development administration; (b) RPC 2 – economic development; (c) RPC 3 – infrastructure development;  and (d)  RPC 4 – social development.

By the end of the two-day activity, each group was able to validate the assessment and challenges per sector/sub-sector including additional regional issues and concerns with corresponding recommendations, strategies, and policies. The designated rapporteurs presented their respective outputs highlighting the additional strategies and policies in relation to the implementation of the Whole-of-Nation approach.

RD Sumbeling, meanwhile,  discussed the next steps and succeeding  activities to be conducted for the formulation of the MIMAROPA RDP 2017-2022  Midterm Update.

In closing, NEDA MIMAROPA OIC-Assistant RD Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. thanked all the participants for providing the necessary data and for  participating actively in the discussions. He requested them  to continue supporting the development initiatives of the Regional Development Council and NEDA in providing a “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay para sa Lahat.”

The workshop outputs and summary of discussions will be presented during the next RDC sectoral committee meetings on November 07-08 in Manila

The event was participated in by regional directors and representatives of regional line agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, local government units, and private sector representatives.