The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) conducted a two-day online consultation workshop on the formulation of theMIMAROPA Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2023-2028 last November 10 and 11. 

The workshop aimed to validate and review the list of programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) proposed by the regional agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, and local government units for inclusion in the MIMAROPA RDIP 2023-2028, Three Year Rolling Infrastructure Program (TRIP) 2024-2028, and Public Investment Program 2023-2028.

​​​​​​​In his welcome message, RDC MIMAROPA Vice Chairperson and NEDA MIMAROPA Regional Director (RD) EnP. Agustin C. Mendoza stressed that the deliberation of the FY 2023 Budget in Congress has already started. Submission of the agency programs and projects is through the PIP Online (PIPOL), a web based project database managed by NEDA.  Thus, regional offices need to coordinate with the agency central offices on their priority PAPs System to ensure their inclusion in the National Expenditure Program (NEP).  He reminded the participants to ensure that proposals are implementation ready, responsive to existing plans, and aligned to the goals and objectives of the current administration.

The first day consisted of plenary session which covered the presentation of the following: (a) objectives and methodology of the workshop by Supervising Economic Development Specialist (SEDS) Ms. Jobelle M. Cruzado of the Project Development, Investment Programming, and Budget Division (PDIPBD); (b) TRIP and PIPOL system and its linkage to national, regional, and local development plans by PDIPBD Chief Economic Development Specialist (CEDS) Mr. Bernardino Atienza Jr.; (c) region’s priority thrusts and assessment of the MIMAROPA RDIP 2017-2022 by RD Mendoza; and (4) local governments’ high-impact priority programs and projects for the next six years by the representatives of the provincial and city government offices.

​​​​​​​On the second day, four workshop groups were conducted through the RDC sectoral committees. The participants discussed the six-year investment programs of each member agency and identified the top five banner projects for each group.

The five banner projects for each group were presented during the plenary session followed by succeeding activities and schedule for the formulation of the RDIP.

RDC MIMAROPA Secretary and NEDA MIMAROPA Assistant RD Apollo Edwin S. Pagano concluded the consultation workshop by thanking everyone for their active participation and assured everyone that RDC MIMAROPA will remain a venue for the whole-of-nation approach to improve implementation of PAPs, delivery of public services, and the attainment of the region’s developmental goals and objectives.