RDC-Caraga conducts PDP consultation

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Regional Development Council (RDC) Caraga will be conducting a regional consultation on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) on April 25, this year.

To be held at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city, the consultation will cover midterm update and revalidation of the results matrix.

RDC-Caraga Chair Sol Matugas said the activity is aimed at promoting wider ownership of the plan and ensuring that regional aspects of the national development agenda are reflected in the updated plan documents.

The members of the National Planning Committees (NPCs) will present the national priorities and engage in a dialogue with the regional stakeholders to generate and/or validate strategic development areas and contributions of the region for incorporation in the updated PDP, Regional Director Carmencita Cochingco of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)-Caraga said.

The Regional Planning Committee here will also discuss thoroughly the issues and concerns relative to Good Governance, Peace, Justice and Security in the region.

Cochingco recalled that President Aquino through Memorandum Circular No. 43, dated February 4, 2013 directed the updating of the PDP, its companion document of the Public Investment Program (PIP), and the revalidation of the Results Matrix (RM).

“The NEDA as the social and economic development planning agency of the country, organized inter-agency planning committees to facilitate the updating of said documents to cover the remaining period of the Aquino administration,” said Cochingco.

Cochingco further said that in compliance with the Memorandum Circular No. 43, the guidelines for the updating of the PDP and PIP and the Revalidation of the RM was issued by NEDA Secretary.

Contained in the Planning Guidelines are the national planning agenda, planning framework, organizational set-up, and the process of the updating the PDP.

The RDC-Caraga is chaired by Matugas and vice-chaired by Cochingco. (JPG/PIA-Caraga/asf)

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