Regional Development Council (RDC) XII
Calendar Year 2015
The year 2015 proved to be a productive period for the Council which accomplished more than its targeted activities. Among the activities conducted during the year are the following: meeting of the RDC XII-Advisory Committee, which was attended by four (4) Region XII congresspersons, local chief executives, and heads of Region XII line agencies; regular meetings of the full council and its sectoral committees; FY 2016 budget review and consultation; packaging of RDC XII-approved CY 2017 AIP; project monitoring and evaluation; project proposal review and endorsement; and policy review and evaluation.
Also, during the year, the Council through its TWG-LEP, facilitated the conduct of a workshop which generated a framework that would harmonize various livelihood and entrepreneurship programs (LEP)/interventions in Region XII. The said framework shall serve as a guide in proposing LEP, as well as in identifying corresponding beneficiaries.
Strengthening the public-private partnership in regional development, RDC XII fully supported the participation of nine out of the thirteen private sector representatives (PSRs) of the Council to the 6th PSR National Convention in Cagayan de Oro City in October 2015.
- Regional Development Planning
RDC XII prepared and disseminated the 2014 Regional Development Report (RDR). The said report provided an annual account of regional economic performance based on targets set in the updated Regional Development Plan (RDP), 2013-2016. In addition, quarterly regional economic situationers (RES) that provide rapid assessment of regional economic performance based on key indicators on production, prices, employment, tourism, and peace and security were also prepared during the year. The quarterly RES identified critical incidents that explained changes in trends and a forecast for development outlook in the succeeding next six months.
Moreover, after ten (10) years since its formulation, a draft assessment report on the Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP), 2004-2030 was presented to the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) for the review of the relevance of spatial strategies adopted therein, as well as to consider recent policies on national spatial strategy and mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction. The assessment report shall serve as input in the formulation of the Regional Spatial Development Framework in lieu of the RPFP.
During the two (2) meetings of the Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC), land use concerns such as land conversion issues and boundary conflict in the region were addressed by the Committee. Issues relating to the management of watershed areas located along common boundaries of LGUs were likewise discussed and recommendations were identified by the Committee members. The Committee also reviewed the Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA)-enhanced Provincial Development Physical and Framework Plan (PDPFP) of South Cotabato and favorably endorsed the Plan to the Commissioners of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for ratification.
As part of the regional development planning concerns of the Council, RDC XII organized a Technical Working Group (TWG) to undertake an assessment of the Regional Development Research Agenda (RDRA) 2011-2016 given that a successor Regional Development Plan (RDP) shall be prepared in 2016. After conducting a meeting, the TWG prepared an assessment of the RDRA by matching the studies conducted against the researchable areas identified in the RDRA. Thereafter, an assessment report was prepared and approved by the RDC XII Chairperson. The said report provides a general picture on researches conducted and not undertaken in line with the researchable areas identified from the RDP, 2011-2016. It likewise serves as a sound reference for a more enhanced, evidenced-based decision-making, particularly in planning and policy formulation, project development, investment programming, budget review, and project monitoring and evaluation.
- Investment Programming
Investment programming and budget-related activities were conducted during the year, viz: a) budget consultation and review of FY 2016 budget proposals of RLAs, SUCs and GOCCs on March 17-20, 2015; b) technical workshop and consultation among the RLAs, SUCs and other national government entities, with the participation of the region’s LGUs and representatives of legislators, to firm up the FY 2017 AIPs of the agencies conducted on November 18, 2015; and c) review of the RDC XII four (4) sectoral committees which endorsed the sectoral AIPs to RDC XII Full Council for approval and adoption on November 24, 2015. During its 52nd regular meeting on December 3, 2015, RDC XII adopted the CY 2017 AIP of the SOCCSKSARGEN region.
The RDC XII Secretariat likewise tracked the inclusion of CY 2015 RDC-endorsed programs/projects/ activities (PPAs) in the 2015 actual budgets of RLAs/SUCs/GOCCs.
- Project Proposal Review/Endorsement
RDC XII passed two resolutions endorsing the following proposed projects which were reviewed and endorsed by the Economic Development Committee (EDC) to the Council proper: 1) Inclusive Partnership for Agricultural Competitiveness Project; and 2) Development Project for Settlement Infrastructure and Economic Activation in North Cotabato.
In addition, the RDC XII Secretariat provided comments/inputs to two project proposals referred by the Investment Coordinating Council (ICC) Secretariat, namely: 1) Restoring Agricultural Livelihood in Conflict-Affected Areas in Cotabato Province with the Department of Agriculture as proponent, and 2) Harnessing Agribusiness Opportunities through Robust and Vibrant Entrepreneurship Supportive of Peaceful Transformation by the Landbank of the Philippines.
- Project Monitoring and Evaluation
As the monitoring arm of RDC XII, the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) XII conducts regular quarterly monitoring visits to all development projects undertaken by government agencies LGUs, SUCs, and GOCCs in the region during the year. After each quarterly field monitoring activity, the RPMC conducts regular meeting cum problem-solving session to address implementation issues gathered during each monitoring visit. To ensure that implementation issues are addressed, the reports of RPMC on the findings and corresponding recommendations are forwarded to concerned entities by RDC XII.
For 2015, the RPMC meetings were conducted on the following dates: February 26, May 26, September 8 and November 17. In addition, a meeting of the Committee with the local project monitoring committee of Sarangani province was also conducted on November 25, 2015.
A total of 115 projects were monitored in 2015, as shown in the table below:
|Field Monitoring Activities||Area||No. of Projects Visited
1. January 13-16 (Special Monitoring Visit)
2. February 4-6
|3. February 11-13||Sultan Kudarat Province & Tacurong City||9|
|4. May 5-6||Sarangani Province||14|
|5. May 7-8||General Santos City||7|
|6. May 12-14||South Cotabato/Koronadal City||12
7. July 29
Pikit, Cotabato (Special MMIP Phase II)
|8. August 5-7||Cotabato Province/Kidapawan City||12|
|9. August 12-14
10. August 18-19
11. August 26
|Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City
T’boli, South Cotabato (Special PAMANA Projects)
|12. October 26-27||Sarangani Province and Gen. Santos City||9|
|13. October 28-29||South Cotabato and Koronadal City
- Policy Review and Formulation
Of the 133 resolutions passed by RDC XII during the year, fourteen (14) were endorsements in support for the issuance of policies or policy recommendations either from national and sub-national levels. Among others, the following policy issues were acted by the Council through resolutions:
- Economic Development Sector
- For the NFA-Central Office to delegate the Processing of Export documents to its Regional Offices especially for Organic Rice Products; b) For the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) to Assign a Permanent Field Officer in Region XII; c) Recommending to DENR Secretary the Declaration of Asik-Asik falls in Alamada, Cotabato Province, as a Geological Monument; and d) Recognizing the Tampakan Municipal Development Council’s Declaration of Portions of the Areas of Barangays Pulabato, Danlag and Tablu as the Municipality’s Mineral Development Area.
- Infrastructure Development Sector
- Support to House Bill that would Substitute House Bill Numbers 676, 2621 and 4883 entitled “Create the Mindanao’s Power Corporation and Providing Funds Therefor”; b) Issuance of a Franchise to Public Utility Vehicles to Serve the Route Between Koronadal City Proper and the Prime Regional Government Center; c) Directing all Project Implementing Agencies, SUCs and National Government Instrumentalities in Region XII to Submit to RDC XII the Quarterly Status Reports of their Major Projects in Compliance with Executive Order no. 376 (RPMES); d) For the NIA to Transfer its Regional Office XII to an Appropriate location in Koronadal City in line with the Provisions of EO 304, series of 2004; and e) Request for Funding Support from the Office of the President, through the President’s Calamity Fund for the Immediate Repair of the Namnama Bridge in Koronadal City.
- Governance and Institutions Development Sector
- a) For the DBM to Review the Staffing Standards and Possible Creation of Additional Plantilla Positions for Non-Teaching Personnel of SUCs in the Country; b) Support to RDC V Resolution on Supporting Senate Bill 1942 –An Act Adjusting the Level of Net Taxable Income and Nominal Tax Rates for Purposes of Amending Section 24 (A) (2) of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as Amended for other Purposes; and c) Approving the request emanating from the Indigenous Peoples’ Leaders Summit for RDC XII to Issue a Terms of Reference to Mainstream the Indigenous Political Structure in the Formulation of Policies and Identification of Development Interventions.
- Social Development Sector
- a) Support to Senior High School Plan of Region XII; and b) Support to the Interventions Proposed by the DOH XII to Address the Sexually-Transmitted Infection (STI)/ Human immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Problem in Region XII.
- Technical Assistance to LGUs, Regional Line Agencies and Other Bodies
During the year under review, the Council through its Secretariat provided technical assistance in the conduct of the following activities facilitated by the different entities in the region: a) Indigenous Peoples’ Summit (Establishing Partnership for Peace); b) Committee hearing on the proposed creation of the General Santos Education Coordinating Council; c) Enhancement of project proposal on Regional Development Project for Settlement and Economic Activation in North Cotabato; d) Bangsamoro Comprehensive Capability Development Project ; e) RPMC training for LGUs; f) Meeting of GSC Task Force on Makar Project; and g) Specific TA to LGUs during the sectoral committees meetings.
- RDC XII Operations
RDC XII Full Council
The RDC XII Full Council meetings were conducted on the following dates: March 25, 2015, June 25, 2015, September 29, 2015 and December 3, 2015. A total of 133 resolutions were passed and were forwarded to concerned entities for information and appropriate action. Actions taken on the said resolutions and/or the statuses were also tracked during the year.
RDC XII-Executive, Advisory, Sectoral and Affiliate Committees
The RDC XII- Executive, Advisory, Sectoral and Sub-Committees/TWGs and Affiliate Committees conducted the following meetings during the year:
|RDC XII-Advisory Committee*||January 23, 2015|
|RDC XII Executive Committee*||March 17-20, 2015|
|Economic Development Committee||March 4, 2015||June 2, 2015||September 15, 2015||November 17, 2015|
|Regional Social Development Committee||February 26, 2015||June 9, 2015||September 16, 2015||November 26, 2015|
|Macroeconomy, Development Administration and Finance Committee||February 11, 2015||June 4, 2015||September 8, 2015||November 17, 2015|
|Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee||March 5, 2015||June 4, 2015||August 27, 2015||November 19, 2015|
|Regional Land Use Committee**||May 19, 2015||November 19, 2015|
|Regional Project Monitoring Committee||February 26, 2015
|May 26, 2015||Sept. 8, 2015||November 17, 2015
November 25, 2015***
|Regional Competitiveness Coordinating Committee (RC3)*||March 27, 2015||May 19, 2015||Aug. 20, 2015||Nov. 12, 2015|
EDC XII Sub-Committee/TWG
|Sub-Committee on Minerals Industry Development (SCMID)*||February 23, 2015||May 21, 2015||September 10, 2015|
|Technical Working Group on the Harmonization of Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Programs/Projects of RLAs, SUCs and LGUs (TWG-LEP)*||October 28, 2015|
|National Greening Program- Regional Management Committee*||August 28, 2015|
|Sub-Committee on BIMP-EAGA and ASEAN Concerns|
|*Meets only as may be necessary.
**Only meets twice a year.
*** RPMC Meeting with Sarangani LPMC
- RDC XII Week Celebration 2015
The SOCCSKSARGEN RDC highlighted its observance of the RDC Week in 2015 with a series of activities on September 22, 2015, in line with Presidential Proclamation No. 1164, issued on February 28, 1998, declaring every 4th Week of September every year as RDC Week.
LGU-Tacurong City hosted this year’s celebration of RDC Week which was agreed to be celebrated meaningfully for one day. The day-long activities involved a motorcade from Koronadal City to Tacurong City; a zumba dance, executive games, and sports fest at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center; and bird watching at the Baras Bird Sanctuary. Various members of RDC XII’s four (4) Sectoral Committees and LGUs, actively participated and supported the year’s celebration.
- Private Sector Participation to 6th PSR National Convention in Cagayan de Oro City
Nine (9) Private Sector Representatives (PSR) of RDC XII participated in the 6th PSR National Convention held in Cagayan de Oro City on October 14-16, 2015 with a theme “Enhancing the Role of the Private Sector in Public and Private Partnership.” Two (2) resolutions were passed during the said convention, viz: a) Endorsing the Priority Action Agenda of the RDC-Private Sector Representatives during the 6th National Convention; and b) Commending the RDC X and the NEDA X for the successful Hosting of the 6th National Convention of the RDC-PSRs on October 14-16, 2015.
- Other Activities
- Road Safety Advocacy (RSA)
The members of the technical working group on RSA conducted an orientation on road safety for the LGUs of Tupi and Polomolok with the end in view of promoting responsible safe driving, road courtesies and ensuring school children’s safety in the use of roads in going to and coming from the schools.
The RSA-TWG likewise conducted a meeting to firm up activities to be undertaken during the Road Safety Day in Region XII on October 21, 2015. The celebration of the Road Safety Day in 2015 was opened with a motorcade by the member-agencies and private sector partners from Koronadal City to the Municipality of Tupi, South Cotabato. This was followed by an orientation on road safety to 120 elementary student leaders and teachers from five (5) elementary schools of Tupi, South Cotabato.
- Region XII Road Summit Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting
The Road Summit TWG and the DPWH XII together with its District Engineering Offices in the region convened on June 9, 2015 to discuss and deliberate on the priority road projects proposed for development/conversion into national roads as endorsed during the SOCCSKSARGEN Road Summit on October 12, 2012, and the city and town bypasses identified by DPWH DEOs in the region. The consultation-meeting served as a venue to update the priority list of projects and to generate updates on the status of the preparation of full-blown proposals/feasibility studies for the said priority road projects and networks, as well as, to discuss new/additional road project proposals, including city and town bypasses.
In addition, the RDC XII Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee regularly discussed and provided RDC XII full council updates on the status of the road summit proposals.
- SOCCSKSARGEN Youth Volunteerism Program (SYVP)
The Regional Development Council XII passed a resolution supporting the move to sustain the youth volunteerism program in the area through the continuing adoption of volunteerism as a strategy for sustainable development with the implementation of the SOCCSKSARGEN Youth Volunteerism Program. RDC XII through its Secretariat facilitated the conduct of a meeting with the program’s partner agencies on April 4, 2015 to firm up their respective roles and responsibilities in the program.
- TWG-LEP Workshop
The Technical Working Group on the Harmonization of the Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Programs/Projects (TWG-LEP) under the Economic Development Committee (EDC), spearheaded the conduct of a workshop on the formulation of a framework to harmonize Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Programs (LEP) of Regional Line Agencies (RLAs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and local government units (LGUs) in the region. The workshop was conducted on October 28, 2015 in Koronadal City and was attended by the representatives of various RLAs, SUCs, and LGUs whose mandates include the provision of LEPs.
The output of the workshop is a framework on the harmonization of various LEP interventions in Region XII which shall serve as a guide in proposing LEP, as well as in identifying corresponding beneficiaries. The framework could serve as a guide on addressing inclusive growth and poverty reduction.
- Facilitation of the membership of new Special Non-Voting Members of RDC XII
During the year, the MEDAFC and RSDC sponsored the membership of NICA, CHR, NCIP and NCMF as Special Non-Voting Members (SNVM) of the Council. These new SNVM took their oath of office during the meetings of the Council.
G.5 Attendance of Members
The average attendance rate of members to the four (4) meetings of the Council during the year was computed at 64.39%, as shown in the tables that follow.
|Ave. % Attendance|
|Members Present/ Represented||40||44||46||40||64.39|
|No. of Members||1st Qtr||2nd Qtr||3rd Qtr||4th Qtr||Ave. % Attendance|