Bicol region conducts the first joint Bicol CMD-RGADC-RSC meeting

With the purpose of identifying gender concerns on migration, and migration and development statistics for policy planning and research, the Committee on Migration and Development (CMD), Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) and Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) conducted a joint meeting for the first time on March 18, 2019 at the RDC Hall, NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City.


L-R: Dir. Arnel B. Garcia of DSWD Region 5, Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino of NEDA Region 5, Ms. Cecille Briones and Mr. Nazer Tuazon of PSA RSSO 5, and Mayor Krisel Lagman-Luistro of Tabaco City

Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino of the NEDA Region 5, chairperson of the RGADC and RSC and the vice chairperson of the CMD, presided over the meeting. The common denominator for the meeting is on migration concerns specifically on developing sex-disaggregated database/statistics on migration up to city and municipality level.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) provided an overview on the conduct of the 2018 National Migration Survey, the first survey on migration in the country with nationwide coverage. It was emphasized that the survey results will be released in May 2019 with regional disaggregation based on the samples taken from the region. The City of Legazpi discussed the statistical and gender-related concerns of migrants and proposed that all local government units update their records of OFWs in their respective areas to help them facilitate the delivery of services especially during emergencies or crises. The Department of Education reported the sex-disaggregated profile of learners who are children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). To incorporate migration concerns in the workplan of the RGADC, the representative from the Philippine Commission on Women provided updates on the workplan for 2019. It includes the Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System Assembly to be conducted in May 2019 where migrant-serving agencies are expected to participate.

The members of the three committees resolved to request the PSA to provide provincial and sex disaggregation of the results of the 2018 National Migration Survey, and to adopt the migrant’s registration form of Legazpi City in profiling migrant Bicolanos.

Mayor Krisel-Lagman Luistro of Tabaco City underscored the importance of disaggregated data, “Disaggregation of data down to local level will help LGUs in coming up with responsive policies, plans and programs.”


Members of the CMD, RGADC, and RSC during the joint meeting



NEDA Bicol presents results of post-evaluation study to project stakeholders

In the interest of providing feedback to project stakeholders, the NEDA Region 5 presented the results of a post-evaluation study it conducted on a completed subproject under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KC-NCDDP). The presentation was held during the exit conference last March 15 in Irosin, Sorsogon, which was attended by the focal persons of DSWD as implementing agency, officials of barangay Patag and the municipality of Irosin, community volunteers, and barangay residents as project beneficiaries.

The study was spearheaded by NEDA Region 5 as secretariat of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC). Among others, the study found that the KC-NCDDP was effective in (a) empowering the barangay residents, especially the women, to take a more active role in the development of the community and (b) improving the responsiveness of local government officials to the most pressing needs of the community. Some recommendations of the study include the formulation of a comprehensive operation and maintenance (O&M) plan, organization of barangay waterworks and sanitation association (BAWASA), regular water quality testing, and mainstreaming the community driven development (CDD) approach, not just at the barangay level but also at the municipal level.

The DSWD and local government officials expressed appreciation to the RPMC and supported the recommendations of the study. Mr. Noel Mercado, the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, confirmed the positive impact of the KC-NCDDP and supported the policy recommendation to mainstream the CDD approach at the municipal level.

Through the identification and implementation of the water supply system subproject, the barangay residents and officials provided insights and lessons to improve efficiency of the project and ensure its sustainability and long-term impact. The barangay development council, together with the O&M group of the community volunteers, are set to formally organize the BAWASA with the assistance of the DSWD KC-NCDDP focal persons.


The project stakeholders with the post-evaluation team after the post-evaluation exit conference on March 15, 2018 in Brgy. Patag, Irosin ,Sorsogon


Mr. Noel Mercado, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator of Irosin, during the open forum of the exit conference on March 15, 2018 in Brgy. Patag, Irosin ,Sorsogon


Mr. Jezen Romano, DSWD Region 5, during the open forum of the exit conference on March 15, 2018 in Brgy. Patag, Irosin ,Sorsogon



Bicol region conducts the first joint Bicol RDC and RPOC meeting

With the objective of harmonizing peace and development efforts to improve the socioeconomic development of Bicol region, the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) conducted a joint meeting on March 11, 2019 at the Legazpi City Convention Center. This is the first joint meeting that the two Councils ever had and is seen to be continued at least once a year.


Left to Right: MGen Fernando Trinidad of AFP, LtGen Gilbert Gapay of AFP, Usec Marvel C. Clavecilla of OPABA, RD Agnes E. Tolentino of NEDA 5, Gov. Al Francis Bichara of Albay (RDC Chairperson), Mayor Noel E. Rosal of Legazpi City (RPOC Chairperson), and RD Anthony C. Nuyda of DILG 5

The Executive Order (EO) No. 70, series of 2018 “Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, and Directing the Adoption of a National Peace Framework” was the focus of the discussion during the meeting. Along with this was a brief on the security situation in the Bicol region and the presentation of the conflict affected areas which will become the convergence points for government services to address insurgency.


RD Ariel B. Bernardo of NICA 5 presenting the salient features of EO 70

The members of both Councils resolved to support the institutionalization of the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace in the region and to create a regional task force to implement EO 70. Legazpi City Mayor and RPOC Chairperson Noel E. Rosal capped off the meeting with the signing of the pledge of commitment by the members of the RDC and the RPOC.


Mayor Rosal leading the discussion of the joint RDC and RPOC resolutions


The RDC Private Sector Representatives expressing their support by signing the pledge of commitment.




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