Bicol CMD participates in the celebration of “Month of Overseas Filipinos”

The Bicol regional Committee on Migration and Development (CMD), chaired by the Department of Labor and Employment led the celebration of the month of overseas Filipinos (MOF) in December this year with the theme is “Kaalaman sa Pera, Maginhawang Buhay and Dala: Towards Financial Literacy for Overseas Filipinos and Their Families.”


OFW Family Day on December 8, 2018 at the Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City

Activities included fun walk, motorcade, thanksgiving mass, Zumba, financial literacy seminars, financial management trainings for OFWs, parol-making contest, choral competition, showcase of talents of OFW children, press conference, games and raffles, trade fairs, and local and overseas jobs fairs. These activities gathered thousands of participants from government, private sector, civil society organizations, and migrant returnees and their families from the different provinces of the region.


CMD Press Conference on December 8 at the Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City with representatives from PESO, NEDA, DOLE, OWWA, NRCO, LGU Legazpi City, Tan Vera Corporation, and Integrated Bicol Migrants.

Presidential Proclamation No. 276 institutionalized the celebration of MOF in December of every year to recognize and honor overseas Filipinos for their contribution in building up the Philippine economy through taxes and remittances.


Success story sharing by a beneficiary of the “Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Mam at Sir” Program on December 4 at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City.


Foot Parade from Albay Cathedral to Legazpi City Ibalong Centrum for Recreation was participated by representatives from CMD member agencies on December 4.


Trade Fair held on December 8 at the Albay Astrodome, Legazpi City was participated by OFW organizations from the different provinces of Bicol.



NEDA Bicol spearheads the Joint RLUC-RDRRMC CRR meeting

As part of the preparation for the crafting of the Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) enhanced Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP), NEDA Region 5 conducted for the first time a joint Regional Land Use Committee – Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Committee on Rehabilitation and Recovery (RLUC-RDRRMC CRR) meeting on November 27 at NEDA regional office. NEDA Region 5 acts as chair of both the RLUC and the RDRRMC-CRR.

The work program for the DRR/CCA enhanced RPFP preparation was approved and the draft RPFP planning environment, and assessment of the RPFP 2000-2030 were presented highlighting the need to update the RPFP 2000-2030 and integrate DRR/CCA in the Plan. “We need more data to be confident on the results of the enhanced Bicol RPFP”. – Engr. Abion stated.


Engr. Gilberto A. Abion of NEDA Region 5 presents the draft RPFP planning environment chapter and assessment of RPFP 2000-2030.

Part of the agenda was the orientation on the guidelines on land reclamation and policy briefing where Engr. Eduardo E. Destura, Planning Head of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), acted as resource person. It is but timely that last November 22, the joint memorandum circular was signed by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia and PRA General Manager Janilo Rubiato, effectively enforcing the strict implementation of Executive Order 146, series of 2013.


Engr. Destura of PRA discusses the reclamation guidelines and policies.

“With the mandate of PRA, reclamation has become one of the strategic approaches in regional development because almost all regions have their own reclamation projects. So working closely, especially with NEDA is most welcome, and on behalf of PRA, we would like to thank this body for inviting us as resource entity, since information dissemination is really needed.” Engr. Destura said.

Other topics discussed include updates on ecozones in Bicol and status of Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) preparation, proposed list of resettlement/relocation sites, risks to settlements in the permanent danger zones (PDZs) of Mt. Mayon and Mt. Bulusan, and the status of rehabilitation and recovery projects for typhoon Nina. “We consider that the 6km PDZs are the most risky areas. There is a need to relocate the communities to ensure the safety of the residents.” Mr. Laguerta stated.


Resident Volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta discusses the risks to settlements in PDZs of Mts. Mayon and Bulusan.


Meanwhile, RD Agnes E. Tolentino expressed her gratitude for the continuous support of the agencies and encouraged the body to submit inputs and comments as this would be essential in preparing the DRR/CCA enhanced Bicol RPFP. The joint meetings of the RLUC and RDRRMC-CRR will continue while the preparation of the DRR/CCA enhanced RPFP is ongoing in view of facilitating the inputs of both committees, Director Tolentino said.



Bicol RPMC conducts security seminar and year-end assessment

The Bicol Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) conducted a security seminar and year-end assessment on November 28 in Legazpi City. It was attended by 57 project monitors from 13 local project monitoring committees (LPMCs) and representatives from member-agencies of the RPMC.

In her welcome message, NEDA RD and RPMC Chairperson Agnes Tolentino emphasized the importance of ensuring peace and security as a bedrock strategy that supports the three pillars of the Regional Development Plan framework. In line with this, the security seminar enhanced the awareness of the RPMC and LPMC members on security concerns and protocols in the conduct of field monitoring activities.


RD Tolentino delivering her welcome message during the RPMC/LPMC security seminar and year-end assessment on November 28 in Legazpi City

Representatives from the Philippine Army and the National Intelligence and Coordinating Agency served as the resource persons. Topics were on the security situation in the region, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) as one of the mechanisms to ensure peace and security, and the protocols to follow in dealing with security issues in field monitoring activities.

Meanwhile, the year-end assessment highlighted the accomplishments of the RPMC and LPMCs in monitoring and evaluation, the issues encountered in 2018, and the proposed actions to address the issues. The outputs of the assessment will be inputs to the preparation of the 2019 work program of the RPMC and LPMCs to improve the implementation of the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System, especially at the local level.


The participants during the RPMC/LPMC security seminar and year-end assessment.


The RPMC members who participated in the RPMC/LPMC security seminar and year-end assessment.




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