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   The adhoc Committee on Advocacy (ComAd) of the Bicol Regional Development Council conducted a symposium on Ambisyon Natin 2040 and the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 for higher education student journalists. It was held last November 14 at the NEDA regional office in Legazpi City. The activity gathered 142 student journalists and officers of the Bicol Association of Tertiary Schools Publication Advisers (BATSPA) from 33 colleges and universities regionwide.

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   In celebration of the Economic and Financial Literacy Week, the NEDA Region 5, in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)-Legazpi, conducted the Seminar on Financial Literacy and Basic Economics for Development Planners on November 6, 2017 at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City. The seminar aimed to enable the participants to (a) know the basic concepts on economics and financial literacy; (b) appreciate the importance of economic and financial literacy in making sound policy decisions for regional development; and (c) apply economic theories to actual development planning. About 70 participants from provincial planning and development offices, youth organizations, civil society/non-government organizations, and the NEDA regional office attended the seminar.

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   The Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) of the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC), in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), conducted a gender and development (GAD) deepening session on the use of gender analysis tools last October 24 to 26 at Patio de San Jose, Malilipot, Albay.  There were 25 participants from regional line agencies (RLAs) and local government units (LGUs), most of which are members of the RGADC.

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   In commemoration of the 2017 National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty (NWOEP), NEDA Region 5 conducted an outreach activity last October 23 at barangay Mabinit in Legazpi City. Located along the slopes of Mayon Volcano, barangay Mabinit is one of the city’s relatively poor barangays with a population of 1,640. The activity was held at Mabinit Elementary School where about 120 barangay residents converged, led by Barangay Captain Levy S. Nuñez.

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1-RD Agnes M. Espinas-Tolentino welcomes the adult participants

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