The National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office (NRO) 5 spearheaded the conduct of a workshop for the formulation of a rehabilitation and recovery framework on June 9 at NRO 5, Legazpi City. The activity aimed to (a) identify common elements of a rehabilitation and recovery framework (RRF) which can be adopted by all regions; (b) generate recommendations for the guidelines on the formulation of a rehabilitation and recovery plan; and (c) discuss activities for the integration of the rehabilitation and recovery plans for typhoon (TY) Nina of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Bicol region. The activity was participated by the regional directors of NROs 3, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, 5, 8, and 13.


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   The Committee on Migration and Development (CMD) of the Bicol Regional Development Council, in partnership with Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc. (Atikha) and the Department of Education (DepEd) Region 5, conducted the Training of Trainers on School-Based Program for Families of Overseas Filipinos (OFs) on May 30 to June 2 at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City. The training aimed to capacitate teachers from cities with significant number of OFs in implementing values formation and capacity-building activities among adult family members and children of OFs. A total of 43 elementary and secondary school teachers from the cities of Naga, Legazpi, Tabaco, Iriga, Sorsogon, and Ligao attended the training.




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   The NEDA Region 5, through the Organization of NEDA 5 Employees, extended support to the National School Maintenance Week of the Department of Education (DepEd) by participating in the Brigada Eskwela 2017 last May 19. The Brigada Eskwela is an annual activity of the DepEd that brings together all education stakeholders to help prepare public school facilities for the opening of the school year in June.

    The San Miguel National High School (SMNHS), located in the island of San Miguel in the eastern part of Tabaco City, was this year’s recipient of the NEDA 5 employees’ community service.  The SMNHS is a 20-minute boat ride from the city’s seaport and a 15-minute habal-habal ride from Barangay Rawis, the entry point to the island. According to Mr. Mario Rodrigueza, the SMNHS Officer-in-Charge, the school serves five barangays in the island with student population of around 8,500. It was severely hit by Typhoon Nina in December 2016, which left many of the school facilities, furniture and equipment badly damaged. Two of its classrooms still have no roofs and many of the student chairs, tables, and blackboards need repair. The power supply in the area has not been restored since the typhoon.


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 The Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC) approved the guidelines for the updating of the Bicol Regional Physical Framework Plan (RPFP) 2000-2030 during its first semester meeting last May 18, 2017 at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City.  The meeting was presided by NEDA Regional Director and RLUC Chairperson Ms. Agnes M. Espinas.


    The updating shall mainstream the disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR/CCA) concepts in the various parts of the physical plan taking into consideration significant changes that happened since 2000. These changes include the updated census of population and housing; changes in urban functions in cities and municipalities; changes in land uses and land area based on the cadastral surveys recently completed by the DENR Region 5, and the areas added to Camarines Norte from Quezon province; changes in road and other infrastructure facilities; the DRR/CCA-enhanced provincial development and physical framework plans of the six provinces, and the declared disaster risk areas, particularly those affected by the change in the course of lava flows, during the last Mayon Volcano eruptions.

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