The NEDA Regional Office in MIMAROPA conducted a regional consultation on the formulation of the MIMAROPA Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update and revalidation of the results matrix (RM) on June 4-5 in Tagaytay City. It was participated in by planning officers and senior technical staff of regional line agencies (RLAs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), and state universities and colleges (SUCs), representatives from local government units, and private sector representatives.

The activity aimed to revalidate the outcome level indicators listed in the RM and revisit the targets, strategies, policies/legislative agenda, and programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) identified in the RDP to ensure that the region is efficiently heading towards its medium term goals.

In her welcome remarks, NEDA MIMAROPA OIC-Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling emphasized the need to update the current MIMAROPA RDP 2017-2022 to assess and address gaps, constraints, and bottlenecks in laying down the foundations for inclusive growth and a high trust society. She encouraged everyone to actively participate during the breakout discussions to revalidate the RM and come up with a list of new priorities that will fully support and empower the MIMAROPAns to enjoy a matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay.

Sumbeling presented the Small Area Estimates of Poverty for Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) in MIMAROPA for 2009 and 2012 and regional issues and concerns with recommended actions. She requested everyone to include and prioritize the GIDAs as well as the priority areas as identified under Executive Order (EO) 70 with insurgency concerns in crafting new strategies, policies, and PPAs.

Capt. Ronnie C. Sarmiento of 203rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Philippine Army presented the socioeconomic-political issues and priority areas in MIMAROPA: Focus of Joint Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (JTF ELCAC) in relation to EO 70. He emphasized how the Whole-of-Nation approach gives importance to inclusive and sustainable framework towards attaining peace.

Ms. Sheryll B. Sarabia of NEDA MIMAROPA discussed the workshop mechanics. She highlighted the need to consider the following indicators: a) Philippine Development Plan (PDP)-RDP harmonized core indicators; b) Sustainable Development Goal indicators (SDGis); c) SDGis with provincial disaggregation; and d) core regional indicators (CoRe-Is) in the revalidation of RM and crafting of new strategies, policies, and priority PPAs.

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; d) and RPC 4 – social development. Intensive workshops on the revalidation of the RDP RM and review of strategies, legislative agenda, and PPAs were facilitated by the RDC Sectoral Committee Chairpersons.

By the end of the two-day activity, each group was able to come up with a draft revalidated RM with annual and provincial targets and a list of new strategies, legislative agenda, and priority PPAs.

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

In closing, OIC-Assistant Regional Director Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. of NEDA MIMAROPA thanked all the participants for providing the necessary data and actively participating in the discussions despite the workshop falling on a   regular holiday.

The workshop outputs and summary of discussions will be presented during the next RDC sectoral committee meetings on August 1-2.