CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The private sector members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) elected Tuesday 13 representatives during the 13th Reconstitution of the RDC of Central Luzon.

National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Asst. Regional Director Lynnette Bautista told Sun.Star Pampanga the RDC recognizes the importance of the private sector in the development and economic plans of the RDC for Central Luzon.

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Bautista said the private sector representatives elected by the members would represent the different areas of the private sector.

“Our private sector representatives are essential in coming out with the real pulse of the private sector. They present the real situations in the grassroots level and become our direct link in streamlining the RDC policies and plans with the real need of the community,” Bautista said.

Among those elected during the event were Nestor Custodio (cooperatives), Miriam Palma (consumers), Rodante Pascual (crops), Bro. Jose Rozaldo (environment), Shubert Ciencia (fisheries), Dr. Roberto Ramirez (health), Joey Suba (information and communications technology), Philip Santiago (infrastructure), Roman King (Indigenous People), Anecita Iran (labor), George Lorenzana (trade), Victoria Gaetos (trade) and Rene Romero (business and small and medium enterprises).

PamCham president Rene Romero, for his part, said the private sector would be most effective in rallying support for the RDC’s economic and development programs.

He said with the representation of the private sector at the RDC, the business and investment sector would be encouraged to participate in government-led economic initiatives.

“We expect another vibrant term for the RDC and we hope that we could accomplish more of our goals in the coming months,” Romero said.