The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC) during its full council meeting held on 03 March, endorsed the FY 2018 priority programs, projects and activities (PPAs) of the thirty six (36) agency regional offices (AROs) and six (6) state universities and colleges (SUCs) amounting to P88 billion.

MIMAROPA RDC Chairman and Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez presided the meeting which was attended by Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr., Occidental Mindoro Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola, Romblon Governor Eduardo C. Firmalo, Calapan City Mayor Arnan C. Panaligan, Puerto Princesa City Mayor Luis M. Marcaida III, Mayor Roberto M. Madla of Boac, Marinduque, Mayor Angelina F. Tria of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, Mayor Lucena D. Demaala of Narra, Palawan, 2nd District of Palawan Congressman Frederick F. Abueg, 3rd District of Palawan Congressman Gil P. Acosta, Kabayan Partylist Representative Harry L. Roque, Jr., directors and representatives of regional line agencies, private sector representatives, local government units, and state universities and colleges.

The proposed PPAs are consistent with the regional development investment program (RDIP) approved by the RDC and supportive of the region’s development priorities and responsive to the current regional development plan, strategic regional development agenda, long term vision (AmBisyon Natin 2040), 0+10 point socioeconomic agenda, and sustainable development goals.

In the FY 2018 budget proposal, the infrastructure sector has the highest share of P39,509,922.76, followed by the economic sector with P32,160,623.92, the social sector with P15,929,413.08 and the development administration sector with P855,618.74.

AROs included provision for the establishment of regional offices in the designated regional government center as required under the Republic Act No. 10879 or the MIMAROPA Act.

The FY 2018 agency budget proposal will be endorsed to the respective agency central offices (ACOs) for inclusion in their FY 2018 agency budget proposals.