Media Release

RDC MR No. 2019-04
November 14, 2019


Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal took oath of office as the chairperson of the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) before President Rodrigo R. Duterte on October 28, 2019 at the Malacañang Palace. His appointment paper as Bicol RDC chairperson was signed last October 25.

Mayor Rosal, who has been a supportive and active member of the Bicol RDC, is committed to lead in coordinating and setting the direction of the region’s development efforts. Under his watch, he is hopeful to unite the Bicolanos through the development of its tourism industry with the tourism alliances between and among the provinces of Albay, Masbate, and Sorsogon (ALMASOR) and between and among the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes (Triple C). Small and medium enterprises and the development of high value crops like pili and cacao, supported by appropriate technologies and innovation, shall also be given attention through convergence of the government and private sectors. These industries will provide jobs to the Bicolanos to address high underemployment rate.

The RDC will push for the completion of major infrastructure projects. Among these are the Bicol International Airport, New Naga Airport, and Masbate Airport; the North-South Railway Project (South Long Haul), the Quezon-Bicol Expressway Project with extension to Legazpi City; and the Bicol Circumferential Road.

As the gateway to the Visayas and Mindanao, the improvement and modernization of Matnog port and all its ancillary facilities and services, onsite and offsite, will be pushed to prepare Matnog for the Sorsogon-Samar Bridge Link Project.

With Mayor Rosal’s appointment as its head, the Bicol RDC anticipates the appointment of a co-chairperson who will lead the private sector in the region towards the realization of the development priorities of the RDC. The nominees from the private sector are Engr. Benigno R. Elevado, geographic private sector representative (PSR) of Camarines Norte and Mr. Nicolas Beda A. Priela, Jr., PSR for Business. Pursuant to Executive Order No. 325, Series of 1996, in the event that the President appoints a chairperson from the government sector, the co-chairperson shall be selected from the private sector, and vice-versa.

Along with Mayor Rosal, President Duterte appointed the chairpersons of the RDCs of Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Caraga.

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RDC Vice Chairperson


Line Agencies and SUCs in Bicol Prepare for
the FY 2021 Budgeting Exercise

In preparation for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 budgeting exercise, the briefing on the Regional Development Council (RDC) 5 investment programming and budgeting processes was conducted on October 15 at NEDA Region 5, Arimbay, Legazpi City. The activity was attended by planning and budget officers of 35 regional line agencies and nine state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Bicol Region.

The briefing aimed to increase awareness of the stakeholders on the national and regional investment programming and its linkage to planning and national and regional budgeting. With improved appreciation of the processes, the agencies and SUCs in Bicol hope for a bigger share of the national investments and budget for FY 2021 to fund the priority programs, activities and projects (PAPs) in the region. The overall development planning framework was discussed with focus on the following Guidelines: (1) Public Investment Program (PIP) updating (2) Comprehensive Investment Programming Guidelines (CIPG); and (3) RDC 5 Memorandum Circular No. O-1910-039 dated October 10, 2019 on the RDC Review of the FY 2021 Budget Proposals.

Foresight or to be forward looking in identifying PAPs that will not only respond to the present needs but those in the succeeding years to achieve the plan outcomes and eventually the vision of a Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na buhay para sa lahat was emphasized. The regional line agencies were encouraged to coordinate closely with their respective central offices in assuring that the priority projects of the region are integrated in the PIP for consideration in the national budget. The participants were also guided in preparing for the FY 2021 budget proposal based on the Regional Development Investment Program 2017 to 2022.


RD Agnes E. Tolentino expressed her appreciation and encouraged participants to adhere with the budgeting process during the Briefing on RDC Investment Programming and Budget Exercise on October 15.



Bicol RDC and RSC conduct joint NSM and NWOEP Outreach Activity


Recipients of the birth certificates show gratitude to the RDC and the RSC

In celebration of the National Statistics Month and the National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty, the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) conducted an outreach activity on October 14, 2019 at the Salvacion Elementary School, Salvacion, Sto. Domingo, Albay. Simultaneous activities were undertaken such as the Awarding of 30 Birth Certificates to indigent recipients, Mobile Registration and Civil Registration Clinic, and Sugod Harong.


NEDA 5 ARD Edna Cynthia S. Berces confirms with participants Ambisyon Natin 2040 as their vision for themselves and their families

The agencies that participated in the activity were the regional offices of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Department of Budget and Management, Department of Education, and Department of Public Works and Highways. In the spirit of community, the parents, children, teachers, and agency representatives danced together to the tune of Tunog ng Progreso, and the PSA Jingle.


The participating agencies provided pack of goods to 13 poor families

For the Sugod Harong, a total of 13 poor families were visited, interviewed, and provided with pack of goods. The families were pre-identified by the barangay council as the poorest in Barangay Salvacion, Sto. Domingo, Albay. The NEDA Region 5 visited two families and tried to immerse in the interviewees’ lives by knowing their aspirations for their families, status of living, problems faced, and coping strategies. The families showed resilience and optimism in the midst of extreme poverty fueled by high hopes that the government can soon break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

This joint NSM and NWOEP outreach activity inspires families and the community to trust the government, and to participate in achieving Ambisyon Natin 2040: Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay Para sa Lahat.




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