RDC Press Conference
Dir. Luis G. Banua, RDC Vice-Chairperson formally opens the press conference. (L-R) PSR Eduardo Nicolas III, PSR Engr. Ladislao Andal, PSR Josephine Parilla, PSR Terestita Leabres, Dir. Luis Banua, Dir. Marilou Toledo of DTI Region IV-A and Dr. Alexander Madrigal of DOST Region IV-A, Dir. Rodolfo S. Pangilinan of DAR Region IV-A and Ms. Cheryl Marie Malayang of POPCom Region IV.

Antipolo City, Rizal – Calabarzon RDC members held a press conference right after the Full RDC Meeting on 10 September 2015 to share the efforts of the Council in achieving the goals and objectives of the Calabarzon Regional Development Plan.

Dir. Luis G. Banua of NEDA Region IV-A, RDC Vice-Chairperson led the panel in the discussion of the major programs, policies and projects endorsed, approved, and adopted by the RDC. The members include Private Sector Representative (PSR) Eduardo Nicolas III, PSR Engr. Ladislao Andal, PSR Josephine Parilla, PSR Terestita Leabres, Dir. Marilou Toledo of DTI Region IV-A, Dir. Alexander Madrigal of DOST Region IV-A, Dir. Rodolfo S. Pangilinan of DAR Region IV-A and Ms. Cheryl Marie Malayang of Population Commission Region IV.

Dir. Banua highlighted the relevance of the following: (a) Local Planning Guide for International Migration and Development; (b) Exchange in Probes, Learning and Outputs of Researches System; (c) Localization of the Industry Roadmap priority sectors; and (d) Guidelines for the Three-year Rolling Investment Program. The Local Planning Guide for International Migration is a tool which will enable local government units to integrate and address the concerns of migration and development in their development plans. While the Explore system is an online repository database system that will help internet users in their search for research studies conducted by government agencies, state universities and colleges and private sectors in Calabarzon region. He further explained that the Council supported the Localization of the Industry Roadmap to strengthen the manufacturing industry of the region. He added that the Guidelines for the Three-year Rolling Investment Program will continuously translate the Calabarzon development strategies into viable programs and projects pushed in the region.

On the projects endorsed to be funded under the Energy Regulation Fund 1-94 regional share, these include construction/ installation of streetlights and lampposts, construction of Kalakal Center, ambulance, dump truck, construction of river control systems, and establishment of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center. Likewise, the proposal to amend Rule 29, of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Electric Power Industry Reform Act, mandating generation companies and/or energy resource developers located in highly urbanized cities to set aside one centavo per kilowatt-hour as financial benefits to host communities; the Inclusive Partnerships for Agricultural Competitiveness Project; the establishment of Land Bank of the Philippines in Alabat, Quezon; and the three DOST Region IV-A projects were endorsed.

Dir. Toledo shared the project of DTI to support the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) such as the establishment of “Go Negosyo” centers in all cities and municipalities in the country. According to her, “Go Negosyo” center is an inter-active help-desk designed to help SMEs in their various needs including training, counselling, and various technical assistance.

Dir. Madrigal highlighted the projects endorsed by the RDC, namely: the establishment of Halal Laboratory; the development of Prototype for Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring; and development of an Infrastructure Audit Procedures Manual and Capacity Building for Infrastructure Assessment to the DOST-CO. He explained that the establishment of Halal laboratory is in support of the region’s preparations in the ASEAN Economic Community Integration for SMEs, while the water quality monitoring will help in the protection of water bodies of the region. Meanwhile, the Capacity Building for Infrastructure Assessment will minimize potential losses caused by disasters and calamities.

Dir. Pangilinan shared the programs and projects implemented by DAR through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Ms. Cheryl Marie Malayang of PopCom, informed the press of their advocacy on responsible parenthood and requested everyone to be mindful of the country’s demographic sweet spot by empowering the working population, especially the youth.

PSR Andal, PSR Leabres, PSR Nicolas, and PSR Parilla shared the advocacies of their respective Committees and reiterated the relevance of the priority programs and projects in the region.

In closing, Dir. Banua expressed hope that through the press conference, the media sector will be able to help in disseminating the development priorities of the region. The media in attendance include DZJV – 1458 khz, Antipolo Star Newspaper, The Rizal Weekly Post, Lakbayin ang Magandang Pilipinas and Public Information Officer of Rizal.

RDC Press Conference
Panelists and members of the press in attendance during the RDC press conference.