RDC Bicol aims for better resource allocation in 2022

Regional priorities in Bicol were highlighted during the Regional Development Council (RDC) 5 Technical Budget Review on January 20 to 22, 2021 via videoconference as the region prepares for the budget preparation for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The budget review aims to evaluate the budget proposals of the agency regional offices (AROs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) in alignment with the Philippine Development Plan 2017 to 2022, Regional Development Plan 2017 to 2022 and Sustainable Development Goals to ensure better resource allocation.

In her opening message, NEDA Regional Director and RDC Vice Chairperson Agnes E. Tolentino emphasized the regional priorities such as the Regional Core Projects, Peace and Development Program, Regional Recovery Program for COVID-19, and Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program to be included in the FY 2022 budget proposals. FY 2022 marks the start of the implementation of Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court ruling to strengthen synergy among national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) through devolution of functions and resources. She said that, “Based on the National Budget Memorandum (NBM) No. 138 or the National Budget Call for FY 2022, the NGAs will focus on policy and standards development of service delivery, provision of technical assistance, monitoring and performance assistance of LGUs.”

The implication of the Mandanas-Garcia ruling was reiterated by Director Renato M. De Vera of DBM Region 5 when he presented the salient features of the NBM 138. He said that, “with SC ruling on Mandanas-Garcia petitions, LGUs will be receiving substantial increase in Internal Revenue Allotment (or National Tax Allotment) beginning FY 2022. The LGUs are expected to be responsible for funding and delivery of activities which have been devolved to them under the Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code.” Continued adoption of the administrative reforms for greater budget transparency and reliability was also discussed.

The FY 2022 budget proposals of 33 AROs and nine SUCs were deliberated on by a panel of reactors composed of stakeholders in regional development, namely: RDC private sector representatives; and representatives from key agencies, provinces and cities, and members of the House of Representatives.

The budget review is an annual activity of the RDC in pursuant to its mandate under Executive Order No. 325, Series of 1996, to review and endorse the annual budget proposals of the AROs, SUCs, government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and other special development bodies. It was the first online technical budget review and was well attended as most heads of agencies and presidents of SUCs presented their budget proposals.




RDC Bicol brings Christmas Cheers to typhoon victims

The parade of typhoons that hit the region in October and November has brought massive destruction to life and properties that affected the livelihood of many of the Bicolanos. Various local government units, civic organizations, and private individuals have called for donations for the victims of Typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses.

In response, the Bicol Regional Development Council (Bicol RDC) initiated a relief operation in Barangay San Juan, Tabaco City on December 23. The activity was led by NEDA Regional Director and Bicol RDC Vice Chairperson, Agnes E. Tolentino. The relief effort held at the Barangay Hall began with a short message from Director Tolentino that briefly introduced the NEDA and the RDC to the beneficiaries. “Ining diit na tabang na itatao mi sa saindo hale sa mga miembro kan Regional Development Council, sarong organization na kompuesto kan mga pamayo kan mga regional line agencies, mga governors, city and capital town mayors, private sector representatives asin mga presidents kan league of mayors. Sinda ang namamahala kan pagibo kan mga polisiya sa pag papauswag kan satuyang rehiyon” she said.
(This modest assistance that we will share came from the members of the Regional Development Council, an organization composed of the heads of regional line agencies, governors, city and capital town mayors, private sector representatives, and presidents of the league of mayors. The RDC is a body that sets policies and directions towards regional development.)

A total of eighty-one households whose houses were either totally or partially damaged benefited from the noche buena package. The relief distribution was made in batches to ensure that social distancing and health protocols were properly observed.

Barangay Kagawad Eva Bongon commended and thanked the RDC for its effort in spite of the pandemic being faced by the nation. “Dakula pong pasalamat kan Barangay San Juan sa RDC sa pagpili sa samong lugar na maging recipiente kan saindong relief operations. Dakula pong tabang ini para sa samong mga residentes lalo na ta iyo pa sana ini ang tabang na samuyang nareresibe matapos ang mga bagyo na nag agi kan Nobyembre” she said. (The people of Barangay San Juan would like to thank the RDC for choosing us as the recipients of their relief operation. This is a great help to our residents especially that this is the first time that aide has reached our barangay after the typhoons last November.)

The RDC’s relief operation was coordinated with the Office of the Tabaco City Mayor, Hon. Cielo Krisel L. Luistro of Tabaco City.





Public transport in Bicol resumes for economic recovery

A gradual and calibrated reopening of public transport in Bicol is expected to start in January 2021 following the passage of the Bicol Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) Resolution No. 26 Approving the Resumption of Public Transportation in Bicol on December 1, 2020. The resolution supports the initiative of the Regional Task Force (RTF) Economy Cluster when it endorsed Resolution No. 10 to BIATF Allowing Public Vehicles to Resume Inter-provincial and Interregional Travel as one of the measures to revive the local economy amidst COVID-19 pandemic socioeconomic challenges.

As an initial phase of the implementation, a total of five buses per day was approved to operate in Legazpi City (2 buses), Tabaco City (one bus), and Pioduran (2 buses) in the province of Albay. The local chief executives expressed support to the operation of the limited number of buses considering their capacity to oversee the quarantine requirements of the passengers. Daily trips will be from point to point, i.e. from Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange to the designated drop off destination in each city or municipality. A ‘No pick-up of passengers during the trip’ policy will be strictly observed. These are some of the provisions under the approved Regional Guidelines on the Resumption of Public Transportation initially formulated by the Economy Cluster mainly considering the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Memorandum Circular No. 2020-051 Guidelines for the Operations of Provincial PUBs To and From Metro Manila during the Period of General Community Quarantine (GCQ)/ Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). The regional guidelines aims to standardize the protocols, public buses operational procedures, travel requirements, among others, to avoid confusions and possible issues on its compliance.

“It’s about time to open our public transportation not only to help the entrepreneurs cope with the constraints in the delayed arrival of materials necessary for business to operate and to respond to the demands of the transportation groups but also to protect the general public from the rise of ‘colorum’ vehicle owners which impose excessive transportation fees,” BIATF Chairperson Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda of DILG Region 5 said in a BIATF meeting.

The reopening of public transport became final after a series of BIATF meetings and consultations with the local government units in Bicol in September until November 2020 to seek the support of all stakeholders. At the end of the day, everyone wanted to achieve a balancing of economic interest and health security of all Bicolanos.



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