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The Provincial Government of Rizal under the leadership of Gov. Rebecca A. Ynares hosted the 3rd Quarter 2015 Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council meeting held on 10 September at the Ynares Center, Rizal Provincial Capitol Building, Antipolo City.

On behalf of Gov. Ynares, Vice Gov. Frisco S. San Juan, Jr. welcomed the members and guests of the meeting. He commended the RDC members for their efforts in pursuing the development and growth of the Calabarzon region.

During the meeting, the local government units (LGUs) from Calabarzon who made in the top ten most competitive provinces, cities and municipalities for 2015 were recognized. The choir from Imus, Cavite was given a plaque of recognition for winning 1st place in Art Song and 2nd place in Folk Song in the 52nd International Choir Competition 2015. Former RDC members who are now assigned to other regions were give plaques of appreciation for serving in the RDC.

Awarding of Plaque of Commendation
Governor Rebecca A. Ynares of Rizal province receives a plaque of commendation on behalf of the province for being 6th Most Competitive Province in the Philippines in the 2015 Competitiveness Survey.

Forty seven resolutions were passed by the Council, including endorsement of the following: a) 15 project proposals for funding under the Energy Regulation Fund 1-94; b) Establishment of Halal Laboratory; c) Development of a Prototype for Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring of Lipote River using the ICT-Enhanced Remote Sensing Protocol; d) Development of an Infrastructure Audit Procedures/Protocol Manual and Capacity Building for Infrastructure Assessment; e) Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness Project; and f) Establishment of an Extension Office of the Land Bank of the Philippines in the Municipality of Alabat, Quezon.

The Council approved the: a) conduct of a Regional Migration and Development Forum; b) Exchange of Probes, Learning and Outputs of Researches System; c) Localization of the Industry Roadmaps and Its Priority Sectors; d) Change in Location of the Antipolo City Hospital Project in the Revalidated Regional Development Investment Program 2011-2016; e) Guidelines on the Three-Year Rolling Investment Program; and f) RDC Calabarzon Logo and Branding.

Other resolutions passed were: a) Adoption of the Guide on Mainstreaming International Migration and Development in Local Development Planning and Governance; b) Endorsement of Senate Bill No. 1942: An Act Adjusting the Level of Net Taxable Income and Nominal Tax Rates and the Bill Exempting Start-Up Enterprises from Taxes from the First Two Years of Operation; c ) Requesting the DOE to Amend Rule 29, Section 4 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the EPIRA (R.A. 9136); d) Requesting the DENR Secretary to allow the DPWH to cut trees in road right of way provided that every tree cut will be replaced according to the guidelines set by the DENR; e) Confirming the membership of the RGC-TWG; and f) Creation of RDC RGC Management Committee.

Dir. Luis Banua of NEDA Region IV-A presided over the meeting as RDC Vice-Chairperson. ASec Rafaelita Aldaba of DTI presented the Industry Roadmaps and the ASEAN Economic Community Game Plan, while Commissioner Marilou Mendoza of Tariff Commission presented the Tariff Finder. There were around 120 members and guests attended the meeting.

Ms. Armina O. Espiritu, NEDA Region IV-A | Monday, September 21, 2015