NEDA Bicol observes the National Disaster Resilience Month

NEDA Region 5 joined the country in the observance of the 2018 National Disaster Resilience Month (NDRM). Formerly known as National Disaster Consciousness Month, the NDRM, by virtue of Executive Order No. 29 series of 2017, is being observed nationwide every July of each year to promote and build national resilience. This year’s theme is Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makakamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan.

Together with other regional agencies and local government units, NEDA participated in the Run for Resilience, the kick-off activity for the NDRM 2018, which was held last July 2 at Puro, Legazpi City. The NEDA was also a member of the panel of judges for the essay writing and poster making contests which was co-sponsored by the Department of Education Region 5.


NEDA participated during the R4R (Run for Resilience) on July 2 at Legazpi Boulevard. Left photo: NEDA team headed by ARD Edna Cynthia Berces with OCD RD Claudio Yucot.

The culminating activity on July 30 was highlighted with the awarding of winners in the essay writing and poster making contests as well as the regional winners for the Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan). The Gawad KALASAG is a recognition scheme of the Regional DRRM Council in search for groups or individuals with exemplary performance in the field of DRRM.

A media briefing followed with the participation of the Bicol DRRM Council chairperson and vice chairpersons and other members of the RDRRMC.


(Left photo: Regional winners for Gawad KALASAG with RDRRMC chairperson and vice chairpersons.

Right photo: During the media briefing hosted by PIA RD Aida Naz with NEDA RD Agnes Tolentino (Vice-Chairperson for Rehab and Recovery), RDRRMC Chairperson and OCD RD Claudio Yucot, DSWD RD Arnel Garcia (Vice-Chairperson for Response , and DILG RD Eloiusa Pastor(Vice-Chairperson for Preparedness)



Bicol RDC consults provinces on investment program

Six Bicol provinces were consulted on priority programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) during the provincial consultations on updating the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP) 2017-2022 on July 16 to 20, 2018, spearheaded by the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) in partnership with the provincial governments.

Provincial consultations on RDIP updating generally aims to improve the investment programming in the Bicol region that will lead to increased number of well-developed PAPs that supports the Philippine Development Plan and Regional Development Plan and to strengthen the vertical linkage between the national, regional and local plans and budgets.

As a guide in identifying the priority PAPs, the participants were oriented on the Comprehensive Investment Programming Guidelines (CIPG) which presents the requirements, criteria and processes of the Bicol RDC in investment programming. After the briefing, a workshop ensued to validate regional priorities and identify new projects. The outputs of the workshop are the priority PAPs in every province according to the RDP sector outcomes to be presented to the RDC sectoral committees and RDC full council for approval to serve as the basis for the FY 2020 budgeting exercise.

Governor Joseph C. Cua of Catanduanes, Governor Jonah Pimentel of Camarines Norte, Mayor Rowena R. Tuason of Masbate City, and Mayor Sally A. Lee of Sorsogon City expressed gratitude on the conduct of the consultations, stating their appreciation to the RDC for reaching out to the stakeholders at the local level to convey their needs.

Engr. Ramon B. Marcaida of Masbate Provincial Planning and Development Office, together with other provincial, municipal and city planners, shared the same hope in the fulfillment of the aspirations for their people despite some setbacks in development planning and various challenges they encounter.

A total of 467 participants consisting of local chief executives, city/municipal planning and development coordinators, representatives from line agencies, provincial offices, GOCCs, SUCs, and private sector attended the provincial consultations.


Participants during the Provincial Consultations on Regional Development Investment Program 2017-2022 on July 16-20, 2018 in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay and Masbate



CSC Briefs NEDA 5 about ORA OHRA


Atty. Daisy Punzalan-Bragais, Assistant Regional Director of Civil Service Commission Region 5 gave a briefing on the salient provisions of the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions (ORA OHRA) on June 20, 2018 to NEDA Region 5 employees. The activity was in line with the implementation of the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in the Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) along four core HR systems, i.e. Recruitment, Selection and Placement, Learning and Development, Performance Management and Rewards and Recognition.




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