The CALABARZON Regional Development Council conducted a Regional Consultation on Infrastructure Connectivity on July 29 via Zoom video conference. The Consultation solicited stakeholders’ inputs on the harmonization of policies, programs, and projects which will ensure infrastructure connectivity in the Region. It was participated by 80 officials and staff from the national and regional government agencies, academe, local government units and private sector.

RDC Co-Chairperson Ladislao Andal, in his opening message, emphasized the inclusivity of infrastructure, and highlighted the multi-modality of connectivity. These would facilitate the inter and intra-regional connectivity of the region’s transportation and digital infrastructures.

The consultation commenced with the presentation of the CALABARZON Regional Physical Framework Plan 2017 to 2046 which considered connectivity through efficient transport network as one of the spatial strategies. To elaborate on the guiding principles at the national level, NEDA Infrastructure Staff Director Kathleen Mangune presented the National Transport Policies and Strategies focusing on connectivity. She also presented the updates of major transport projects in the region that were submitted for NEDA- Investment Coordination Committee’s approval.

The completed, ongoing and proposed major transport projects were presented in maps overlaying the protection, production, settlement land uses, economic zones, tourism areas and mobile network coverage. The consultation concluded with a drafting of action plan that will be implemented by the different implementing agencies in the enhancement of the region’s infrastructure connectivity. The action plan considered the improvement of existing infrastructure facilities both in congested and geographically-isolated areas.

RDC Vice-Chairperson Luis Banua, in his closing message, encouraged the stakeholders to continue taking part in collaborative efforts towards infrastructure connectivity. He emphasized that these efforts will benefit all sectors by facilitating the socio-economic development of CALABARZON.

Angela R. Llamas, NEDA Region IV-A | August 3, 2021