Some of the members and secretariat staff of the CALABARZON Sectoral Committee on Economic Development (SCED) posed for a photo opportunity during its 4th Quarter 2022 Meeting last November 8 via video conference.

The Sectoral Committee on Economic Development (SCED) of the CALABARZON Regional Development Council (RDC) reorganized its Chairperson and members from the Agency Regional Offices (AROs), Local Government Units (LGUs), and the Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) for the term 2022-2025 during its 4th Quarter 2022 Meeting last November 8 via video conference. The reorganization is mandated under Executive Order (EO) No. 325, Series of 1996 as amended, and consistent with the RDC Ground Rules and Regulations.

From the reorganization, PSR Richard Albert I. Osmond was reelected and once again is the SCED Chairperson since 2016. Commencing his chairpersonship this term, Chairperson Osmond raised the issue of the prioritization of programs, projects, and activities vis-à-vis budgeting. He was inclined to recommend to the RDC Full Council, headed by Gov. Hermilando I. Mandanas of Batangas, that the CALABARZON Governors, relevant government agencies, SecCom Chairs, and Congressional Representatives in CALABARZON should have a meeting and discuss the budgeting of priority PPAs. Chairperson Osmond believes that the appropriation of reasonable budgets to the priority PPAs will truly help in economic recovery and somehow cushion the negative impacts of the current economic global and national crisis.

Moreover, Chairperson Osmond suggested to the Committee members and Secretariat to invite a resource person or expert that is capable to present to the next SCED Meeting or possibly to the upcoming RDC Full Council Meeting a synopsis of pressing economic issues like the rising inflation, increase in petroleum prices, among others. Among the experts that may be considered include former NEDA Secretary Cielito F. Habito. In this way, the body may discuss things and do appropriate and coordinated actions on economic recovery and development of CALABARZON.

The 2022-2025 SCED, composed of 25 AROs, four LGUs, and four PSRs, could not agree more with Chairperson Osmond due to the fact their Committee’s sectoral concern is on economic progress. Aside from the points mentioned, the body also discussed the formulation activities of the successor CALABARZON Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2023-2028, Review Guidelines for the 2024 Budget, and 2024 RDC Priority Thrusts and Activities, among others.

Benjamin Jose G. Bautista, NEDA Region IV-A | November 10, 2022