The Regional Development Council endorsed the FY 2022 budget proposals of 29 agency regional offices (AROs), and five state universities and colleges (SUCs) to their central offices, CHED, and DBM during its 1st quarter RDC Full Council Meeting on March 11, 2021 via Zoom Video Conference.

Before the RDC endorsement of the said budgets, the RDC secretariat and the Department of Budget and Management conducted a Budget Briefing in February 3 which discussed the RDC Budget Review Guidelines and National Budget Memorandum 138, including the implementation guidelines on the Supreme Court Ruling on Mandanas Case. 

After the Briefing, AROs and SUCs presented their FY 2022 Tier 2 proposed budgets to their respective sectors during the four RDC Sectoral Committee Meetings on Economic, Development Administration, Infrastructure, and Social Development, and one special Sectoral Committee on Infrastructure Development. DBM, CHED, and Co-Chairs of the RDC Committees served as panelists during the budget review.

The sectoral committees endorsed to the RDC the 2022 Tier 2 budget proposals of agency regional offices of BFAR, BJMP, CDA, DA, DAR, DENR, DENR-EMB, DENR-MGB, DepEd, DILG, DOH, DOLE, DOST, DOT, DPWH, DSWD, DTI, LTO, MARINA, NCIP, NEDA, NIA, PhilFIDA, PNP, TESDA and the state universities, namely: BatStateU, CavSU, LSPU, SLSU and URS. The Economic Development Committee endorsed PHP7.90 billion, the Social Development PHP16.96 billion, Infrastructure Development PHP4.48 billion, and Development Administration PHP1.18 billion, for a total of PHP30.52 billion.

The programs and projects in the proposed Tier 2 budgets are included in the CALABARZON Regional Development Investment Program 2017-2022 and are supportive of the President Duterte’s 0 to 10 socio-economic agenda and the CALABARZON Regional Development Plan, and are geared towards the attainment of AmBisyon Natin 2040. The projects are also responsive of the rehabilitation and recovery efforts to address the effects of Taal Volcano eruption and COVID-19 pandemic.

Elisa I. Pandela, NEDA Region IV-A | March 15, 2021