RDC-10 cites 2019 achievements, bats for sectoral priorities
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 13 – In its 122nd full council meeting through video conference, the Northern Mindanao Regional Development Council (RDC)-10 has cited the 2019 achievements and, at the same time endorsed th eupdated regional development measures to prepare for COVID-19 recovery as well as the priorities of the sectoral committees.
Misamis Occidental Governor Philip T. Tan, RDC-10 chairperson has expressed his gratitude to the members for their contributions, which allowed the region to accomplish majority its targets for 2019.
The region expected the 2019 growth to meet the 6.0-7.0 percent target range, higher than the country’s average. Inflation was also sustained at 2.9 percent, while poverty incidence among families had a huge drop from 32.0 percent in 2015 to 17.2 percent in 2018. The previous year saw 2.23 million newly employed persons and a labor force participation rate of 68.8 percent, considered the highest in the country.
Northern Mindanao ranked top producer of pineapple and cattle, second for banana, sugarcane, coconut, corn, tomato, papaya, and cassava, and third for chicken and swine, nationwide.
Of the 100 High-Impact Infrastructure Flagship Projects under the Build! Build! Build! Program of the administration, five are in the region. These are 1) Panguil Bay Bridge, which is targeted to start construction this September 2020; 2) the Laguindingan Airport Development Project, 3) the Agus 3 Hydroelectric Power Project and the Agus-Pulangi Rehabilitation Project, 4) the Cagayan de Oro Coastal Road, which is nearing completion; and 5) the Bukidnon Airport Development Project.
Moreover, the Free WiFi in Public Places Project or Pipol Konek was made available to 33 cities and municipalities in Northern Mindanao, a hike of about 32 percent, going beyond the goal of 25 municipalities for 2019.
“To say that the year 2019 was an extraordinary year for us would not satisfy. We made our mark, yet again, as a region that puts its people front and center in development; and as we persist in a time that threatens to erase our gains, let us not forget the spirit that keeps us through,” Governor Tan maintained.
Further, Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-10 presented the 2019 comprehensive Regional Development Report, the recalibrated targets/results matrix for the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update and COVID-19 Regional Recovery Program –Results Matrix, and the Regional Development Priority Research Agenda 2017-2022 Midterm Update.
Sectoral committee chairpersons also presented the vetted policies for endorsement along economy, health, education, and infrastructure.
Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-10, on the other hand, was sworn in as chairperson of the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) with Dr. Chona Patricia R. Echavez, Xavier University Research Institute for Mindanao Culture Director, as co-chairperson. (NEDA-10)