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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
ILOILO CITY -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Western Visayas is set to elect on Thursday its executive officials who will serve for three years or until 2016.
Expected to vie in the position as RDC-Western Visayas chairman are Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Mara¤on Jr. and Antique Governor Exequiel Javier.
The Iloilo Business Club and Chamber of Commerce and Industry representing the private sector are also expected to vie in the chairmanship.
If the chairman comes from the government, the co-chairman must come from the private sector or vice versa. Only elected officials are appointed as chair or co-chair of the council.
National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Regional Director RoAnn Bacal said that RDC is composed of 71 regular members such as six provincial governors of the region, 16 city mayors, three mayors of municipalities designated as provincial capitals, six presidents of the Provincial League of Municipalities, 22 regional directors of government agencies represented in the Neda board and 18 private sector representatives.
The 18 congressmen in the region and 18 members of the council’s executive committee composed the Advisory committee.
The RDC membership has four special non-voting members such as the Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and Philippine Information Agency.
The region is celebrating Regional Development Council Week on September 24-27, 2013 with the Neda as RDC-VI Secretariat spearheading the activity.
RDC Western Visayas coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region. It serves as a forum where local efforts can be related and integrated with regional and national development activities.
Bacal said that all development and infrastructure projects proposed in the region are being discussed in the RDC conference and finalized in four sector committees such as Development Administration, Economic Development, Infrastructure Development and Social Development.