The Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X) endorsed on March 19, 2015 a total of P83.2-billion worth of programs and projects proposed for implementation in 2016 by 24 agencies and eight state universities and colleges in the region. This is 26% higher than the P65.9-billion worth of proposals approved for implementation in 2015.
Budget allocation was highest for the Social Sector (47%); followed by the Infrastructure Sector (46%); Economic Sector (5.0%); and the Macro Sector (2%).
RDC-10 Chair and Lanao del Norte Governor Khalid Dimaporo led the Council’s review and endorsement of the proposed budgets. Mayor Nelieta Noval, Chairperson of the Social Development Committee, requested the body’s endorsement of the Social Development Sector’s requirement of P39-billion for CHED, DepED, DOH, DSWD, NCIP, NHA, TESDA, BSU, CMU, CPSC, NMSC, MOSCAT, MUST, MSU-IIT, and MSU-Naawan. Dr. Modesto Babaylan, Co-Chair of the Infrastructure Development Committee, requested the endorsement of the P38.5-billion requirement for the Infrastructure and Utilities Sector agencies (DPWH, LTFRB, LTO, MARINA, NIA, and NTC). Ms. Emma Nieva, Co-Chair of the Economic Development Committee, sought support for the P4.3-billion requirement of the Economic Development sector (DA, BFAR, DAR, DENR, EMB, MGB, DOT, DTI, and DOST). The Macro Sector’s requirement of P1.4-billion for DOLE and DILG was presented by Director Rene Burdeos, Vice-Chair of the Macro and Development Administration Committee.
Director Leon Dacanay, Jr. of NEDA-Region 10, assured the body that the proposed budget for agencies and SUCs have passed technical review by the sector committees on March 10, 2015 to ensure that the proposed programs and projects are consistent with the President’s Social Contract, the region’s priorities and sectoral outcomes indicated in the Regional Development Plan and Investment Program for 2013 to 2016.The proposed 2016 budgets of the RLAs and SUCs will be endorsed to their respective agency central offices for consideration. The proposals will also be presented to the RDC-10 Advisory Committee (RAC) on March 23, 2015 for support.
Also endorsed were the Rehabilitation of Pulangui IV Hydro Electric Power Reservoir-Phase II (Selective Dredging); Philippine Ports Authority’s Port Development Projects; Complementary Food Technologies-Solution to Malnutrition; and Tangub City’s Eco-Tourism Development Project.
The Council also expressed support to the formulation of the Mindanao Development Corridors presented by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Secretary Luwalhati Antonino; the holding of the Pasundayag Northern Mindanao on May 11 to 17, 2015 in Angeles City, Pampanga; continuous adoption of Industry Cluster Approach for MSME Development; and the list of assistance needed by the RDC-private sector representatives (PSR) from local government units and regional line agencies in the conduct of the 6th RDC-PSR National Convention that will be hosted by RDC-10 on October 14-16, 2015. (Peleta B.Abejo, DRD, NRO-X)