Photo: Members of the CALABARZON RDC during the 3rd Quarter 2020 Full Council Meeting via Zoom video conference.

The CALABARZON Regional Development Council (RDC) approved the revised RDC Project Endorsement Guidelines during its third quarter meeting on September 10.

The Project Endorsement Guidelines were revised to facilitate the approval process and to enhance the participation of the local government units (LGUs) that will be affected by the project.

Among the revisions were the requirements for endorsement. The submission of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and Right-of-Way Action Plan (RAP) was changed to the submission of the application for ECC with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) and a letter indicating the submission date of the RAP.

Also, aside from the Provincial Development Council (PDC) endorsements of the project-affected provinces, the revised Guidelines will now include the documentary requirements consisting of the municipal and city development councils’ endorsement of the project. RDC Chairperson Hermilando I. Mandanas strongly pushed for the additional documentary requirements to ensure that support is secured from the municipalities and cities where the project will be implemented.

The revised Guidelines included a provision for LGUs’ Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects for RDC confirmation following the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the amended BOT Law.

Before the revision of the Guidelines, many of the project proponents found it hard to provide the ECC and RAP before the RDC reviews their projects. Non-submission of the said documents was the cause of delay in RDC endorsements of projects. Hence, the Council saw the need to revise the Guidelines.

Benjamin Jose G. Bautista, NEDA Region IV-A | September 15, 2020