The National Economic and Development Authority 10, the Secretariat to the Regional Development Council (RDC 10), spearheads the Provincial Consultation on the Provincial Development Plan 2017-2022 Midterm Update in Lanao del Norte in coordination with the Provincial Planning and Development Office.

The consultation seeks to generate inputs from the local government units and other stakeholders on local and inter-LGU issues and concerns that require action at the regional and national level.

Regional Director Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño, CESO III, NEDA 10 and Vice Chairman RDC 10, discussed the Regional Development Thrusts and Priorities. The region shall present itself as the most competitive, efficient and attractive transshipment hub and the venue for industrial ventures, as well as asserting its role as a gateway and industrial core and trade center in the south and as the leader in high-value agri-based and fishery products.

In 2018, the region’s gross domestic product has grown to 7.0 percent which brings the three-year moving average growth rate to 6.8 percent, the highest in the region since 2006. Along with the government’s fiscal reforms and expansion of social protection programs, has reduced significantly the poverty incidence among families over the past three years by 10.5 percent points, based on the NEDA 10 report.

One of the region’s funded big-ticket programs and projects included in the Regional Development Investment Plan for 2017-2019 is the Panguil Bay Bridge along with the Bukidnon Airport Development Project, Cagayan de Oro City Urban Drainage System, Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan de Oro, Hospital Enhancement Facility Program, and Basic Education Facility Program.

RD Cariño also presented the PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental) Analysis. In Political trends, RA 11123-Universal Health Care Act; RA 11036-Mental Health Act; RA 11166-Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act; and RA 11032-Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery (EODB-EGSD) Act, were carefully discussed. So as the Economic to Environmental trends of the region.

The presentation of Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo, highlighted Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry sectors as the primary strength of the province’s economy. And said, that the agri-fishery products are producing more than the population requires and have export potentials.

Agriculture sector creates the largest employment with 60 percent of the total provincial employment. In terms of production volume and its relative importance to the province’s economy, Palay, Corn, Coconut, and Banana are considered the main crops.

The Provincial Chief Executive also presented the 4 Development Goals of her administration: 1. Reduce Magnitude of Poverty. 2. Sustainable and inclusive growth in agri-fishery and eco-cultural-sports tourism industries. 3. Equitable Access to essential services, utilities and amenities; and 4. Good Governance.

The objectives of the consultative workshop are to Strengthen linkage between regional and local levels of governance; Orient the local government units on the RDP Midterm Update guidelines including the regional development thrusts and directions as anchored on the national development agenda and priorities of the current administration; Provide a venue for generation, consultation and validation of the draft RDP Midterm Update among the provincial and local stakeholders; and Enlist the commitment and support of the LGUs in the entire planning process.

The Provincial Consultation on the PDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update was held at Horizon Splash Resort, Municipality of Baroy. PIO-LDN