RDC 8 holds 3rd Quarter Meeting
TACLOBAN CITY – Regional Development Council 8 Chairperson Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez presided at the 3rd Quarter Full Council Meeting of the Regional Development body at the NEDA 8 Regional Office in Palo on Friday, September 29, 2017. Among the highlights of the quarterly meeting was the 2016 State of the Region Address (SORA), presentation of the Draft Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) for 2017 – 2022 and the approval of the proposed guidelines on the Budget Proposals, Program and Activities of Regional Government Agencies and State Colleges and Universities for next year.
In her SORA, Mayor Romualdez emphasized that robust economic growth and poverty reduction will be the important focus of Development initiatives of her term as RDC Chairperson.
She said that the proposed bridges connecting the islands of Samar and Luzon, Bohol and Leyte, and Leyte and Surigao will be pursued; and the RDC plan will specifically focus on the sectors of Agriculture and Fisheries, manufacturing and Tourism.
Romualdez also disclosed that the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Plan for 2017 to 2022 will be launched this year to complement the development Agenda of the National Government which seeks to enhance the “social fabric,”reduce the inequality in economic development opportunities and increase potential growth.
Meantime, talking about infrastructure projects for Region 8, the RDC Chairperson said that 147 projects amounting to 19.8 Billion pesos are in the “pipeline,” the third largest share in infrastructure project allocation among the different Regions in the country.
The Economic Development Committee, Development Administration Committee, Social Development, Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee also endorsed a number of Sectoral and Committee Resolutions during the meeting. – Henry James G. Roca/CIO, Photos by Tim Canes/CMO