THE public and private sector will be working together for the development of the region.

The Regional Development Council-Cordillera enjoins interested private sector organizations to be accredited and be qualified to nominate possible Private Sector Representatives in the council as mandated by Executive Order 30 dated July 30, 2001.

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In the executive order, National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) supervising economic development specialist Art Aro said one-fourth of the RDC should be comprised of representatives from the private sector.

Aro said 12 slots will be opened for the private sector representatives who will join other council members in initiating development projects in the region.

Aside from private sector representatives, the RDC is also composed of chief executives of local government units, heads of regional line agencies and indigenous people's representative.

Private sector representatives will also join other RDC members in all meetings in the provinces of the region which would help in advancing infrastructure, economic, social, administrative and indigenous people's rights in CAR.

Other privileges of private sector representatives include a P2,000 per meeting honoraria and all expense paid travel to the provinces of the region where RDC meetings will be held, Aro added.

Aro said private sector organizations should be non-government organizations, private organizations, civic or professional organizations, business or industry associations, religious or cultural organizations.

Private sector organizations should also be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or any government agency and local government unit.

The Filipino organization should also have conducted socio-economic activities for at least three years from date of registration in the Cordillera region.

Application forms for PSO accreditation and PSR nomination are available at the RDC Secretariat through Dr. Florida Faculo.

For further inquiries, interested parties may call 424 1422 or visit NEDA-CAR, Botanical Garden, Leonard Wood Road, Baguio City.

Deadline of submission is extended from the initial deadline of July 30 to Aug. 4.

The RDC is the primary institution which coordinates socio-economic development efforts in the region. (JM Agreda)