NEDA 5 strives for a healthier lifestyle

The NEDA 5 showed its strong support to this year’s National Nutrition Month celebration last July 17, 2019 with the theme “Kumain nang Wasto at Maging Aktibo…Push Natin ‘to!” by motivating the employees to integrate in their daily lives the practice of healthy diet and regular physical activity, thus enabling them to advocate healthier lifestyle for Bicolanos.

An energetic and lively zumba session led by Ms. Cecile Espiritu, professional zumba instructor, was enjoyed by the staff members at nine in the morning. This was followed by a short lecture on healthy diet given by Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC, Ms. Arlene Reario. To set an example of healthy diet, boiled saba with fresh buko juice were served as snacks.


Top photos: Ms. Arlene Reario, NNC Regional Coordinator giving the lecture on health lifestyle. Photos below show the NEDA 5 personnel swaying to zumba music and group picture with ZIN Cecile Espritu (in pink attire)



Bicol GFPS members vow to strengthen gender mainstreaming in the region

The Regional Gender and Development Committee of the Regional Development Council 5 NEDA Region 5, in partnership with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), declared to strengthen gender mainstreaming effort in the region as it gathered 114 GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) members in the 1st Bicol Regional GFPS Assembly held last July 29 to 30 at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City.

With the theme “Strengthening Regional and Local Mechanisms on GAD Mainstreaming” the two-day activity was attended by GFPS members of 23 regional line agencies, seven local government units, and four state universities and colleges in the region.

In her message, Maria Kristine Josefina G. Balmes, PCW Deputy Executive Director for Operations, highlighted the responsibility of GFPS members in implementing the Magna Carta of Women or MCW (RA 9710) down to the barangay level so that more women will be benefitted. She said, “I encourage everyone to network with their fellow GFPS members as potential partners and technical assistance resource providers at the regional and local levels.” She assured the participants that PCW will continue to work with the RGADC to strengthen and sustain GAD efforts in the region.

Meanwhile, RD Agnes E. Tolentino of NEDA 5 urged the GFPS members “to go beyond compliance and take with them the information learned from the assembly to contribute to achieving regional and national development with a gender perspective.” She reiterated RGADC’s commitment to strengthen the capacities of GAD Focal Point System members and ensure top-level support to pursue gender and development mainstreaming and the localization of the Magna Carta of Women in the region.

The assembly highlighted lessons and good practices on gender mainstreaming as a strategy in implementing the MCW. It also tackled GAD-related concerns, including human rights, maternal mortality, gender issues in disaster response, human trafficking, and migration.

Capping the activity was the signing of commitment pledge where the participants concretized their plan of actions to further strengthen gender mainstreaming in their respective offices, including priority interventions, and technical assistance they need from the Bicol RGADC.


(L) RGADC Chairperson, RD Agnes E. Tolentino, welcomes 114 GFPS members and (R) PCW DED for Operations Ma. Kristine Josefina G. Balmes on her message to the participants.


(L) Mr. Michael A. Del Rosario of DepEd sharing the agency’s best practices in gender mainstreaming and (R) Ms. Aldo Niño I. Ruivivar sharing lessons and good practices of Naga City Council for women.


(L) RD Arlene Alangco discusses GAD in the context of human rights and (R) PCW Commissioner for Education and Academe Cristita C. Triunfante moderates the open forum.


(L) Acknowledging the participation of men and (R) Unfreezing of participants.


Participants from different Regional Line Agencies


(L) Participants from the Local Government Units and (R) Participants from State Universities and Colleges.



PDP 2017-2022 midterm updating rolls out in Bicol

Bicolanos showed their strong support during the regional consultation on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017 to 2022 Midterm Update held on July 25 in Legazpi City. This was manifested by the active participation of 110 stakeholders representing the stakeholders in the region, from the government and the private sector. The activity aimed to gather inputs from the regional stakeholders, and seek recommendations on issues that require action at the national level.

Asec Mercedita Sombilla of NEDA presented the salient features of the draft PDP 2017-2022 Midterm Update. She cited the relevant trends, and development by 2022 and beyond.


Asec Mercedita A. Sombilla presents the mid- term update on the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022

Breakout sessions were organized to elicit insights from stakeholders. Increasing government and private investments to support the unmet development needs and to sustain the economic growth of the region are among the challenges cited. The establishment of multi-modal transport systems; intensification of research and development particularly in agriculture; enhancement of capacities among agencies and LGUs; pursuit of reforms in the existing policy and regulatory frameworks; promotion of favorable investment climate were among the recommendations during the workshop.


Representatives from local government units, academe, civil society organizations and
regional line agencies

With the PDP consultation, the Bicolano stakeholders look forward to achieve unity and stronger alignment of the PDP, Bicol Regional Development Plan and local development plans towards the attainment of a Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay para sa Lahat.




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