The CALABARZON Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pag-Asa (BP2) Committee endorsed the BP2 Action Plan to the Regional Development Council (RDC) during its meeting on November 19, 2020. The meeting which was chaired by DILG Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III also approved the creation of the Regional BP2 Communication Group to take the lead in the information campaign.

The BP2 Action Plan was crafted to prepare the Region in meeting that needs of the people who wish to return or reside in CALABARZON. The Action Plan focuses on four key result areas: a) empowerment of local industries; b) food security and agricultural productivity; c) housing, social welfare, health, employment, and human resource development; and d) infrastructure development. The Plan ensures the development of sustainable and inclusive communities.

According to NEDA Region IV-A Assistant Director Gina T. Gacusan, “the preparation of the CALABARZON BP2 Action Plan used both the top-down and bottom-up approach. For the top-down planning approach, the Action Plan was guided by the overall goal of the CALABARZON Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 which is to lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust, and resilient society. While the bottom-up planning was done through the Action Planning workshop last October 23 which generated proposed BP2 programs, projects and activities from the local government units (LGUs).” These include projects which were proposed for funding by agencies and those that will be funded by LGUs themselves especially for the long-term.

Benjamin Jose G. Bautista, NEDA Region IV-A | November 25, 2020