RDC revises Caraga Regional Dev’t Plan-A A +A
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
BUTUAN CITY -- The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) has approved and adopted the revised Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2013-2016, during the 76th RDC Meeting held at the LJ Mega Convention Hall, this city.
In his discussion, Engr. Leonil Santos of the private sector, relayed that RDP 2011-2016 which was approved and adopted by the RDC through Resolution No. 23, series of 2010, is now on its third year of implementation.
“For the past two years of plan implementation, the region has performed exceptionally well based on the National Statistics Coordination Board’s data on GRDPs. However, human development remains a persistent challenge with poverty incidence among families at high levels. Hence, it is timely to assess and revise the plan to identify appropriate strategies that will strengthen the region’s continued quest for development in the remaining three years of Aquino administration,” said Santos.
Santos further said that the revision is very crucial as it will guide the region in all its development efforts in the next three years.
It will also trigger the preparation of the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP), the plan’s operational document, which will identify the priority programs, projects and activities of the region.
“To achieve inclusive growth and reduce poverty shall continue to be the main focus of the plan. Inclusive growth has three critical elements, namely: 1) high and sustained economic growth; 2) growth that generates mass employment, drawing majority of our people into the economic and social mainstream; and 3) growth that reduces poverty and facilitates the achievement of the millennium development goals,” added Santos.
The attainment of inclusive growth requires the implementation of the following key strategies which are consistent with national development agenda: boosting competiveness in the productive sectors to generate high quality decent jobs and quality employment;
Investing massively in infrastructures; developing human resources through improved social services and protection;
Improving access to financing to address the evolving needs of a diverse public; and promoting education, science and technology to attain higher productivity.
“These strategies shall be implemented upon a platform of: transparent and responsive governance; sustained national security and peace; and ecological integrity that includes adaptation to and mitigation of the potential impacts of environmental factors,” stressed Santos.
It was also learned that in the revision of said plan, the council has undergone a series of consultations with the various stakeholders of the five provinces and six cities of the region.
The comments generated during the consultations were considered in the draft plan.
Also, the committees under the RDC have favorably endorsed the revised plan during its third quarter meetings.
Meanwhile, the revised RDP 2013-2016 also expected to be presented to the President in the fourth week of November. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 08, 2013.