The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) IV-A led by Regional Director Luis G. Banua welcomed Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua and his team during their official visit to the region on September 29, 2021.
Chua was joined by Undersecretary Mercedita A. Sombilla of the Regional Development Group, Director Remedios S. Endencia of Regional Development Staff, and staff from the Office of the Secretary.
An office tour and a blended meeting were conducted where the staff profiles, key infrastructure projects, NRO initiatives and staff concerns were presented.
During the meeting, Chua recognized the concerns raised by the NRO IV-A employees, and assured them of management’s efforts to improve the organization so it can better deliver its mandate.
“NEDA’s mandate on socioeconomic development is the broadest in the government. While we are not an implementing agency, we are the ones crafting the overall plans to ensure the coherence of the government’s strategies. This is really an indication of how important NEDA is. Therefore, we have to review the organizational structure to better focus on the most impactful and urgent aspects of our work,” Chua said.
He also thanked everyone for their commitment to delivering prompt and quality service to the public, and he called on everyone to continue doing more for the country especially amid the pandemic.
Moreover, Chua also shared his priorities for the remainder of his term. Among these are smart infrastructure development with a holistic land use perspective, innovation, regional equity on the allocation of scarce resources, and climate change.
Finally, USec. Sombilla commended NRO CALABARZON’s swift response to concerns from the NEDA central office. ,
“NRO IV-A is always prompt in complying with NEDA Central Office requests with complete inputs,” Sombilla said.
NRO CALABARZON employees expressed their appreciation for the time and effort of the Secretary and his team to visit the region to respond to the issues and concerns raised.
Laurece Francia R. Tanyag, NEDA Region IV-A | October 4, 2021