From left to right: Southern Tagalog Presidential Adviser Secretary Dennis Hernandez, RDC Co-Chairperson Ladislao Andal, RDC Chairperson and Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, and RPOC Chairperson and Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla.

A Joint Regional Development Council (RDC) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Meeting was conducted on 14 September at Summit Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay City in an effort to harmonize socio-economic development programs, policies, projects and activities in attaining peace and order in Calabarzon Region.

Among the items discussed in the joint session were: in-migration of poor population to Cavite; support to Quezon Techno-Industrial Park; results of the Japan International Cooperation Agency study on potential industries of Calabarzon; establishment of the Disaster Resiliency Education for Adaptation and Migration Academy; increased penalties to overloading trucks; proposed transfer of the Senate of the Philippines to Antipolo City or in any area in Calabarzon; status of Bird Flu outbreak; and financial support to Marawi City.

During the meeting, the RDC approved the 2016 Calabarzon Regional Development Report which contain Calabarzon’s socio-economic development performance in 2016, and the Calabarzon Regional Development Investment Program 2017-2022 which include the programs and projects of implementing agencies in the region in support to the implementation of the Calabarzon Regional Development Plan 2017-2022. The RDC also approved programs and projects in addressing key development issues in the Region.

Moreover, the RDC endorsed the conduct of feasibility studies to 15 inter-regional projects, and Calabarzon Water Research and Development and Extension Center. Other programs, projects, activities and policies were also endorsed by the RDC.

The RDC awarded plaques and certificates to agencies and individuals who brought honor and provided valuable services to the Region and the RDC. These were: Top ranking local government units in the 2017 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI); Regional Competitiveness Committee members, partners, and Dir. Rosalinda Bautista of PSA-NCR for their contributions in the CMCI; Lt. Gen. Ferdinand Quidilla of Southern Luzon Command for his contribution to peace and order; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Hall of Fame Awardees (CARD Bank and NEDA Region IV-A); and Municipalities of Talisay and Tingloy, Batangas as Drug-Cleared Municipalities as of 22 August.

Awarded Regional Competitiveness Committee members with RDC Vice Chair Luis G. Banua (leftmost), RDC Co-Chair Ladislao Andal (third form left), Secretary Dennis Hernandez (fourth from left), RDC Chairperson Hermilando Mandanas and RPOC Chairperson Jesus Crispin Remulla (center).

RDC Chairperson Hermilando I. Mandanas expressed his gratitude to the Province of Cavite, through the leadership of RPOC Chairperson Jesus Crispin C. Remulla for hosting the RDC-RPOC Joint Meeting.

The RPOC held its meeting right after the joint meeting to follow through with the discussions concerning peace and order. Among the issues discussed by the RPOC that may affect regional development were: counter violent-extremism; peace and order situation; drug situation; and trafficking of persons and child abuse.

Myke Lavadia | September 6, 2017