The Regional Development Council (RDC) XI convened for its 2022 1st Quarter Full Council Meeting via hybrid virtual and face-to-face setup on March 15, 2022. Among the substantive matters approved by the Council was its CY 2021 Accomplishment Report.
The Council’s Key Officers and its Executive Committee Members were invited to physically participate in the meeting. RDC XI Chairperson and Governor of Davao de Oro Province, Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, RDC XI Co-Chairperson PSR Valente Turtur, RDC XI Vice-Chairperson and NEDA XI Director Maria Lourdes Lim, RDC XI Secretary and NEDA XI Assistant Regional Director Gilberto Altura, Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang represented by Mr. Ednar Dayanghirang, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte represented by CPDC Ivan Cortez, attended the meeting on-site, while the rest of the RDC XI Members attended virtually.
With the untiring leadership of the RDC XI Chairperson, Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, ably assisted by the Council Co-Chair, PSR Valente Turtur since his appointment in July 2021, and Vice-Chair RD Maria Lourdes Lim, the RDC XI successfully conducted four quarterly Full Council meetings in calendar year 2021, despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic.
A total of one hundred sixty-eight resolutions were passed by the Council, which emanated from the Economic Development Committee XI (10), Development Administrative Committee XI (8), Infrastructure Development Committee XI (11), Social Development Committee XI (14), Macroeconomy and Finance Committee XI (6), Regional Gender and Development Committee XI (8), Regional Halal Committee XI (8), Regional Project Monitoring Committee XI (15), Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee XI (22), Metropolitan Davao Development Coordinating Committee (12), Regional Land Use Committee XI (12), Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Special Committee (13), Regional Competitiveness Committee XI (1) and Regional Statistics Committee XI (6).
In addition, the RDC XI Executive Committee passed 49 Resolutions from the FY 2022 Budget Review and Consultation held in February 2021 and the RDC XI ExCom Special Meeting in July 2021 where the RDC XI’s inputs on the consolidated Bill creating the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) was discussed.
On the other hand, the RDC XI Advisory Committee passed 14 Resolutions as a result of its semestral meetings last year.
The key accomplishments of the Council in 2021 include the following: (a) the advocacy on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP), 2017-2022, Midterm Update. Among such activities were the One Davao on COVID-19 weekly virtual pressers hosted by the Philippine Information Agency XI, the Davao Region Leg of the Philippine Development Plan Caravan in May 2021, and the celebration of the RDC Week in September 2021; (b) the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-RDC Webinar on Filipino Values and Culture; (c) the advancement of urban development planning through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the City Government of Davao and NEDA XI on financial support for the Formulation of the Metropolitan Davao Public Safety and Security Master Plan, the approval of the Terms of Reference for the formulation of the Metropolitan Davao Public Transport and Traffic Management Plan, 2020-2040, the adoption of the Walkable Davao City Framework by Davao Region’s Highly Urbanized, Independent and Component Cities, the approval of the TOR for the Conduct of Capacity Assessment in the Delivery of Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Services in Metro Davao, the adoption of the Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan, and the Council’s strong push for the DPWH Unified Project Management Office, and for JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) to accelerate the completion of the Master Plan and Feasibility Study on Flood Control and Drainage in Davao City; and (d) the conduct of the RDC XI Capacity-Building Program.