The Provincial Government of Batangas hosted the 4th Quarter 2015 Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council meeting last December 10 at the Bulwagang Batangan, Provincial Capitol, Batangas City.

In her welcome message, Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto said that the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) helped the provincial government in identifying projects needed by the people of Batangas. She asked the members of the Council to continue the programs and projects instituted by the RDC such as the CBMS even with the change in leadership after the national elections in May 2016.

During the meeting, 49 resolutions were passed by the Council which included the endorsement of the following projects: a) Light Rail Transit Line 6; b) Laguna-Cavite East West Commuter Railway Concept; and c) five Local Government Units (LGUs) projects to be funded under the Energy Regulation 1-94 fund.

The RDC also approved the following resolutions related to RDC operations: a) Calabarzon RDC Logo; b) 2016 RDC Calabarzon Calendar of Activities: c) CY 2016 RDC Calabarzon Priority Thrusts and Activities; d) RDC Guidelines on Recognition, Citation and Awards System; e) Revised Calabarzon RDC Ground Rules and Regulations; f) Calabarzon Hymn; and g) Guidelines for the 2017 RDC Budget Review.

Other resolutions passed were: a) Calabarzon Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Enhanced Regional Physical Framework Plan 2017-2046; b) Three-Year Rolling Investment Programs of Calabarzon; c) Inclusion of PNP Region IV-A and NICA Region IV as members of the Calabarzon Regional El Niño Task Force under the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee; d) Calabarzon Project Monitoring System; and e) Inclusion of Geotagging of Projects in the Regional Project Monitoring Committee Work Program.

In relation to social development, the RDC passed the following: a) Adoption of the Social Protection Handbook; b) Creation of Local Verification Committees by LGUs of Region IV-A in Support to the Listahanan Household Assessment; and c) Implementation by the LGUs of Region IV-A of the DILG-NYC Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2015-01.

Ms. Armina O. Espiritu, NEDA Region IV-A | Friday, January 15, 2016