The proposal for state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Calabarzon to adopt at least one municipality from the 35 Calabarzon Convergence Areas was endorsed by the Sectoral Committee on Social Development during its third quarter meeting on August 7, 2018 at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IV-A in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The Calabarzon Regional Development Council (RDC) identified 35 convergence areas for poverty alleviation in 2016 and spearheaded activities such as public investment fora and community outreach activities. To help accelerate development and uplift the lives of people in these areas, SUCs, in cooperation with national government agencies and private sector, will adopt at least one municipality and implement practical and relevant programs and activities such as community outreach, livelihood trainings, investment program, disaster management and capacity development on preparation of local development plans and project proposals.
The Committee also endorsed the review of the implementation of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. The concern on the possible negative effects of the implementation of the law on private higher education institutions was raised during the National RDC Private Sector Representatives Conference on May 22 to 25 in General Santos City.
In addition, the Go Earn Achieve Return Up Lift Philippines (GEAR UP) Award and establishment of the local government units’ culture inventory were endorsed by the Committee. Updates on Dengvaxia vaccination monitoring, Philippine Mental Health Law and regional nutrition month activities were also discussed.
Jamie Angeli A. Gutierrez, NEDA Region IV-A | August 9, 2018