Regional Development Council (RDC) in MIMAROPA conducted a consultation workshop for the updating of the MIMAROPA Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) and the preparation of the 2023 Annual Investment Program (AIP) on October 14 through zoom video conference. The activity was participated in by representatives from different regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and the RDC private sector representatives (PSRs).
In his opening remarks, Regional Director (RD) Agustin C. Mendoza of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) MIMAROPA welcomed the participants and expressed his appreciation for their participation. He stressed the importance of unified efforts in planning, investment programming, budgeting, and monitoring and evaluation in the attainment of inclusive and sustainable development for MIMAROPA. RD Mendoza also encouraged everyone to identify visionary and strategic programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) that will drive the region’s economy to unprecedented level including those that maximize the region’s assets and competitive advantages such as tourism and agriculture, infrastructure, transportation, power and energy, among others. He also added that PAPs supporting connectivity, vulnerability reduction, urban agglomeration, and economies of scale shall also be included in the RDIP.
The first part of the activity was a plenary session wherein Ms. Jobelle M. Cruzado of NRO MIMAROPA presented the overview, rationale, and mechanics of the workshop. This was followed by a presentation of the regional priority thrusts and highlights of the MIMAROPA RDIP by NRO MIMAROPA OIC-ARD Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr.. He highlighted the planning-programming-budgeting linkage, RDP Framework, Luzon Spatial Development Framework, major projects in the region, and guidelines on the updating of the RDIP, and preparation of the 2023 AIP.
During the second part of the workshop, the participants were grouped based on their membership to the following sectoral committees: (1) Development Administration Committee; (2) Economic Development Committee; (3) Infrastructure Development Committee; and (4) Social Development Committee. The RLAs, SUCs, and GOCCs presented their updated agency investment programs including the 2023 proposed investment programs. The LGUs and PSRs were given opportunities to raise their concerns and priority projects for inclusion in the investment programs of the concerned agencies. The validated sectoral investment programs were the main outputs of the workshop.
The validated sectoral investment programs, which will form part of the updated MIMAROPA RDIP, will be presented to the fourth quarter sectoral committee meetings on November 4-5. The updated RDIP and the proposed 2023 AIP for MIMAROPA shall be approved and adopted during the RDC Full Council meeting on December 3, for approval and adoption.