The year 2014 is marked by unprecendented activities like the launching of the updated Regional Development Plan and the conduct of the Governance Summit, among others. Accomplishments during the period essentially covered those under RDC XII’s its mandate, such as the reorganization of the Regional Development Council-Advisory Committee; evaluation of project proposals; packaging of the CY 2015 Annual Investment Program and review and consultation of annual budget proposals; project monitoring and addressing project implementation issues; conduct of regular and special meetings of the Full Council, Executive Committee, Advisory Committee, Sectoral Committees, and Affiliate Committees; provision of technical assistance to LGUs; and coordination of policy review and formulation.
RDC XII launched the Updated SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Development Plan, 2013-2016, and its companion documents, namely,the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP), 2014-2016 and the Regional Results Matrices (RRM) on February 13, 2014 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato. NEDA Deputy Director-General (DDG) Margarita R. Songco, South Cotabato Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes, and the officials of the Monitoring and Evaluation Staff and the Regional Offices of NEDA, graced the event.
A total of 175 participants composed of RDC XII members, officials and representatives of the different regional line agencies (RLAs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), private higher education institutions, non-governmental organizations and members of media also attended the activity.
On land use planning, the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) conducted three meetings, two (2) regular and one (1) special meeting to address various concerns, viz: a) discuss the components, roles, functions, activities and programs of the Pabahay Regional Inter-Agency Composite Team (PRIACT) as provided in EO No. 90 dated December 17, 1986; b) discuss and recommend charcoal briquettes as alternative livelihood to regulate cutting of trees for wooden charcoal; c) discuss process of issuance of Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) and Certificate of Land Title (CALT); d) mainstreaming of DRR-CCA concerns in Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs), and e) review and endorsed to HLURB the DRR/CCA-Enhanced PDPFP, 2013-2019 of Cotabato Province, among others.
A total of nine (9) resolutions were passed and endorsed to RDC XII for appropriate action.
Investment programming and budgeting consists of two major activities, namely: (a) updating and review of the CY 2015 Annual Investment Program (AIP) by the sectoral committees and (b) the conduct of Budget Consultation and Review on the proposed priority programs/projects and activities (PPAs) RLAs, SUCs and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) in the region.
On February 17, 2014, a pre-budget consultation and review meeting was conducted followed by a five-day budget review/consultation on the FY 2015 budget proposals of 31 RLAs, five (5) SUCs, and seven (7) GOCCs on February 18-21 and 28, 2014 in Koronadal City.
A simultaneous updating and review of the CY 2016 AIP was conducted by the four (4) sectoral committees on November 4, 2014. Outputs of the activity shall become the bases of the review of the budget proposals on priority PPAs for FY 2016.
RDC XII passed Resolution No. 42, Series of 2014, endorsing the Integrated Economic Development for Regional Trade in General Santos City Project to the PPP Center and other Institutions for Funding Support during its 46th Regular Meetingon June 25, 2014 in Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province. The project has two components, namely: (a) Integrated Food Terminal with “AAA” Hog
Abattoir and “AA” Cattle, Goat and Sheep Abattoir; and (b) Redevelopment of the General Santos City Central Public Market. The said proposal was transmitted to the PPP Center for its consideration and appropriate action.
The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), as the monitoring arm of RDC XII is mandated to monitor all development projects undertaken by government agencies, LGUs, SUCs, and GOCCs and to prepare consolidated reports on findings and recommendations to facilitate project implementation.
A total of 103 projects were monitored in 2014, as shown in the table below:
A total of nine (9) RDC XII resolutions were passed either providing policy recommendations or requiring support for the issuance of policies. Among others, the policy issues acted were related to: (a) the review of the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA) Methodology and Sample Frames on Family, Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES); (b) passage of an enabling Act for the Conversion of Surallah District Hospital into SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Hospital; (c) request for the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) XII to re-issue a directive to all bus operators in Region XII to designate breastfeeding seats inside their buses and requesting for the Land Transportation Office (LTO) XII to conduct inspection/monitoring on compliance of bus companies operating in the region; (d) request for Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) to establish a sub-office in Koronadal City, and requesting for all other housing/shelter agencies of the National Government to do the same; (e)endorsement to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to include the remittance by Local Government Units (LGUs) of the correct Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) withholding taxes and other mandatory obligations as additional criterion in evaluating nominees for conferment of the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG); (f) request for the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to establish a regional office in Koronadal City; and (g) request for LGUs of Region XII to create/designate a position that will handle housing concerns in their localities.
RDC XII through its Secretariat and member agency staff, provided technical assistance to a total of 10 activities in the region were provided technical assistance. Among the activities assisted were: a) Orientation to San Miguel National High School in Norala, re Economic Crisis and its effect to employment on 12 March 2014; b) LGU preparation of DRR/CCA-enhanced PDPFD for South Cotabato CCVA Workshop on 2-5 December 2014; c) Gender-Responsive GAD Planning and Budgeting for Cotabato City barangay officials on 8-9 October 2014; d) Climate Change Adaptation Forum for Communities in Koronadal City on 13 June 2014, and in General Santos City on 27 June 2014; e)Local Climate Change Action Plan Formulation Workshop on 22-23 January 2014; f)Region XII Climate Change Summit on 29 January 2014; g) Expanded Regional Intelligence Coordinating Committee (ERICC) Meeting on 11 June 2014; h) Sultan Kudarat Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report Finalization Workshop on 14-17 January 2014; i) Multi-Stakeholders Consultation for the Draft DRR/CCA Enhanced PDFFP, 2013-2019 of Cotabato Province on 10-13 March 2014; and j) Regional Socio-Economic Briefing for LGU-General Santos Officials on 28 April 2014.
Other activities which the Council also provided technical assistance were as follows: (a) formulation of contingency plans of 5 municipalities in Cotabato Province (October15-17 ), Alabel and Malapatan in Sarangani, Tulunan in Cotabato Province, (October 23-25), 4 LGUs of South Cotabato, (October 27-29), Magpet, Cotabato Province, (November 5-7), Alabel, Sarangani, (November 18-20) and conduct of orientation/briefing on DRR/CCA concerns for RDC XII Secretariat during the 2014 National Disaster Consciousness Month on August 6, 2014; Applied Geo-tagging Training to the RDC XII Secretariat on January 22-23, 2014; and orientation on Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES) for the newly organized monitoring committee of Sarangani.
g.1 RDC XII –Advisory Committee Reorganization
The RDC XII-Advisory Committee (AdCom) Reorganizational Meeting was held on 14 January, 2014 at the Farm@Carpenter Hill,Koronadal City with RD Arturo G. Valero, Acting RDC XII Chairperson, presiding.
RDC XII-AdCom is composed of the nine (9) congresspersons of Region XII and the Executive Committee (ExCom) members of RDC XII. ExCom, which comprises ¼ of the duly constituted membership of the Council, is composed of the RDC XII Chairperson and Co-Chairperson who are appointed by the President of the Philippines, Vice Chairperson who is the regional director of NEDA XII, the RDC XII sectoral committee chairpersons (4) and co-chairpersons (4) and the regional directors of DBM XII and DILG XII. Since President Benigno S. Aquino III has not yet appointed the RDC XII
Chairperson and Co-Chairperson, their slots in the RDC XII ExCom and AdCom could not be filled up.
Congresspersons present were: Ferdinand L. Hernandez of the 2nd district of South Cotabato, Pedro B. Acharon, Jr. of the 1st district of South Cotabato, Nancy A. Catamco of the 2nd district of Cotabato Province, Atty. Noel Tiampong representing Cong. Bai Sandra A. Sema of the 1st district of Maguindanao and Cotabato City, and Mr. Joseph Johnel J. Aguilar, representing Cong. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao of the lone district of Sarangani. Although Executive Order No. 328, Series of 1996 requires the Congresspersons to manifest in writing their interest to join the Committee, AdCom agreed to include them as regular members.
RDC XII Full Council
The Council conducted four (4) quarterly meetings during the period, viz.: March 5, 2014, on June 25, 2014, Sept. 23, 2014 and on December 3, 2014.It passed a total of 142 resolutions which were forwarded toconcerned agencies/bodies for appropriate action and information. It also tracked the actions taken on these resolutions.
RDC XII Executive, Advisory, Sectoral and Affiliate Committees
The RDC XII sectoral and affiliate committees conducted the following meetings, as shown below.
g.3 RDC Week Celebration
The CY 2014 RDC Week celebration was conducted as an advocacy of RDC’s role in regional development. An Audio Visual-Production was prepared showcasing RDC XII’s history, mandates, functions, and officials.
Another major activity conducted in celebration of RDC Week was the Good Governance Summit at The Farm@Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. The Summit, which was the 3rd one in three years after the Regional Road Summit in 2012 and the Regional Tourism Summit in 2013, started off this year’s RDC Week celebration in Region XII.
The activity was attended by various officials of the regional line agencies, (RLAs); chief executives of the provinces, cities, municipalities, and the presidents of the Liga ng mga Barangay; and representatives of the private sector, civil society organizations, peoples’ organizations, and non-government organizations, and the academe. Honorable Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes of South Cotabato was the Summit’s keynote speaker.
g.4 Private Sector Participation to the 5thPSR National Convention in Iloilo City
The 5th RDC Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) National Convention was held on August 13-15, 2014 at Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City. PSR Alfredo Bronx P. Hebrona, Jr. headed the SOCCSKSARGEN delegation with the following members: PSR Ramon N. Floresta, PSR Rolando S. Doria, PSR Visposcious E. Ramos, PSR Januario B. Espejo, Jr., PSR Perfecto F. Marquez, PSR Nestor S. Lumawig and PSR Raymund K. Salangsang. The National Convention was participated in by 172 PSRs from several RDCs in the country.
g.5 Other Activities
a. Consultation on Speed Limits
The Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee (InfraCom) conducted a special meeting on September 25, 2014 at the FB Hotel, Koronadal City to tackle issues related to the ordinances on speed limits passed and enforced by the municipalities of Tupi and Polomolok which elicited mixed reactions from the public. RDC XII PSR Alfredo Bronx P. Hebrona, Jr., Committee Chairperson, presided over the meeting.
During the consultation, RD Putiwas M. Malambut of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) XII, explained the salient features of RA 4136 otherwise known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines; RA 8794 (Motor Vehicle User’s Charge); RA 8750 (the Seat Belt Use Act); and RA 8749 (the Clean Air Act).
Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo of Tupi and Councilor Alan Ines of Polomolok presented the important provisions of their respective ordinances and the penalties imposed for violators. A significant decrease in the number of road accidents was observed with the implementation of their respective ordinances.
b. Road Safety Advocacy
In celebration of October 21, 2014 as Road Safety Day in Region XII, the Provincial Government of South Cotabato, represented by Honorable Ma. Ester Marin-Catorce, Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Science, Technology and Information of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, in coordination with the Regional Development Council XII-Technical Working Group on Road Safety Advocacy (RDC XII-TWG-RSA), spearheaded a one-day orientation on road safety for elementary pupil leaders and teachers at the AVR-2, NDMU-IBED, Koronadal City. A total of 90 student-leaders
and 27 teachers from 23 public schools and 2 private schools in Koronadal City, participated in the said orientation.
During the said training, RDC XII Secretary and NEDA XII Assistant Regional Director Noel E. Quiratman expressed the importance of advocacy activities on road safety, particularly for students who are frequent road users. He informed them that His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Presidential Proclamation No. 159, Series of 2011, Declaring Year 2011 as the Launching Year of the Philippine Decade of Action for Road Safety: 2011-2020 in Support of the Global Launch of “Decade of Action for Road Safety: 2011-2020.” He further informed the participants that Regional Development Council (RDC) XII passed resolutions supporting the country’s commitment to address the global concerns on road safety, particularly the creation of its Technical Working Group on Road Safety Advocacy (TWG-RSA) and the declaration of October 21 every year as Road Safety Day in Region XII.
Assistant Secretary for Administration Dante M. Lantin of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) graced the activity as keynote speaker. Assec. Lantin encouraged the participants to be strong advocates of road safety in their respective schools. He emphasized the roles of student-leaders as proactive partners in disseminating information on road safety to prevent possible accidents while crossing the streets and/or riding motor vehicles in going to and leaving schools.
The topics discussed during the orientation by the resource persons coming from the TWG-RSA were the following: 1) Statistics on Road Accidents in the region and Road Safety Tips by the PNP Regional Office XII ; 2) Statistics on Road Accidents in Koronadal City and Road Safety Tips by the PNP-Koronadal City; 3) Kinds of Road/Traffic Signages and Transportation Laws by LTO XII; 4) Safety Observance in Riding Buses by Yellow Bus Line, Inc.; and 5) Safety Observance in Riding Motor Vehicles by TESDA XII and RDC XII-PSR Nestor S. Lumawig.
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