About Regional Development Council[/heading]The Regional Development Council is the primary institution in the region that sets the direction of socio-economic development in Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN), and through which regional development efforts are being coordinated.

The RDCs, also known as the highest policy-making body in the regions, were created by virtue of Letter of Implementation No. 22, issued on December 31, 1972 pursuant to the implementation of the Integrated Reorganization Plan (IRP) of 1972. With the implementation of the IRP, the Regional Develoment Council (RDC) for Central Mindanao was formally organized on September 09, 1975.

After the 1986 EDSA Revolution, the RDCs throughout the country were reorganized to make them more effective in carrying out their mandate. It is enunciated in the 1987 Constitution that it is the policy of the State that socio-economic development programs and activities of government be undertaken with the extensive and active participation and support from, and coordination of, various government agencies and corporations, as well as, private sector institutions at the national, regional and local levels.

Section 14, Article X of the Constitution provides that the President shall create Regional Development Councils and other similar bodies composed of local government officials, regional heads of departments and government offices and representatives from non-governmental organizations with the regions.