Bicol Explores the Creation of the Regional Justice Committee in Pursuit of Swift and Fair Administration of Justice

Key officials and representatives of the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC) and NEDA Bicol gathered on June 27 at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City for an exploratory meeting to discuss the proposed creation of the Regional Justice Committee (RJC) and Justice Zone in Bicol.

The creation of the RJC is one of the strategies under Chapter 6 on Pursuing Swift and Fair Administration of Justice of the Regional Development Plan 2017-2022 that aims to address the issues and concerns of the judicial sector through the convergent efforts of the different agencies involved in the five pillars of the justice system.


Delegation from the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC) headed by Associate Justice Rafael Antonio M. Santos and NEDA Bicol headed by RD Agnes E. Tolentino

Hon. Rafael Antonio M. Santos, Court of Appeals Associate Justice and Co-Chairperson of the JSCC Technical Working Group on Process and Capacity Building, expressed his enthusiasm on the creation of the RJC towards a more coordinated and harmonized justice sector initiatives.

The proposed RJC will be a sub-committee under the Development Administration Committee of the Regional Development Council which handles matters on governance, law enforcement and administration of justice, among others. It will be composed of representatives from the Judiciary, who will serve as the chairperson of the committee, and from the regional offices of NEDA, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Parole and Probation Administration, Philippine National Police, Public Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Human Rights; and two (2) civil society organizations, as members.

The commitment of the Supreme Court will be secured to ensure the operability and sustainability of the RJC, and to designate a permanent representative to sit as the chairperson of the committee.

Prior to the exploratory meeting, series of consultations with the concerned agencies, both from the executive and judiciary branches of the government, were also conducted.

The delegation from the JSCC also explored the possibility of creating a Justice Zone in either Legazpi City or Naga City and will consult the Executive Judges in the region. The Justice Zone is a key program of JSCC that aims to speed up the resolution of cases filed in court and decongest jails in certain localities.




The Regional Development Council (RDC) will be selecting the new set of private sector representatives (PSRs) as the term of the PSRs for 2017 to 2019 ends this month. The elected PSRs will serve the term 2019-2021.

There are fifteen (15) PSRs in the RDC, eight (8) sectoral (business, farmers, fisherfolks, persons with disabilities, women, tourism, youth and students, and labor sector), and seven (7) geographic representing each of the six provinces, and Naga City as an independent component city.

The Sectoral PSRs are selected from among nominees of RDC-accredited private sector organizations (PSOs), while the labor representative is selected/appointed, through a board resolution, by the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board. The sectoral nominees are assessed by the NEDA, as the RDC Secretariat, and subjected to an election process. The PSOs select from among their organization a legitimate member to be a voter. The Geographic PSRs are chosen by the respective Provincial Development Councils of each of the six provinces in the region, and the City Development Council of Naga City

All RDC-accredited PSOs are invited to update their profiles to validate their eligibility to participate in the selection of new sectoral PSRs, and to nominate from among its members the individual who can best represent any of the above-mentioned sectors. The nominations shall be acted upon as soon as renewal of your organization’s accreditation is confirmed.

New PSOs are, likewise, invited to apply for RDC-accreditation and to nominate PSRs. The following are the qualifications of PSOs for accreditation, and of individuals for nominees as PSRs.

PSOs are created or formed by private persons for socio-economic development, rendering service or providing assistance to the public; includes NGOs, business organizations, POs, industry associations, religious organizations, cultural associations, professional organizations, civic clubs, and development oriented cooperatives.

PSO Qualifications: (1) Legal Personality – SEC registered or any government agency which registers organizations and associations for the purpose of bestowing legal personality; (2) Track Record – must have conducted socio-economic activities for the last three years in the region concerned and its activities must be at least province-wide or city-wide; (3) Nationality – must be a Filipino organization. Organizations managed by foreigners whose officers and members are primarily composed of foreign nationals and are considered branches or affiliates of foreign organizations are disqualified; (4) Non-Government – organizations which have government officials and employees as ex-officio members of whose operations are funded by the government are disqualified. However, funding support by government to specific projects will not be considered as funding support to operations.

PSR Qualifications: (1) Must be Filipino citizen; (2) not employed by government (appointive or elective) and not otherwise disqualified by law to become members of the RDC; (3) must be willing and able to participate in ALL RDC meetings and activities.

The PSO accreditation and PSR nomination forms can be downloaded from the link here below: – PSOGeneral Information – PSRInformation Sheet – Sectoral Nomination Form

Please send the duly-accomplished accreditation and nomination forms through or mail to NEDA Region 5, Arimbay, Legazpi City not later than July 5, 2019. For queries please contact Agnes May B. Alta at telephone no. (052) 482-0499.

For inquiries, please contact:

Arimbay, Legazpi City 4500 Philippines
(+52) 482 0499/482 0505 |



Bicol Region’s Economy Expanded the Fastest by 8.9 Percent in 2018


NEDA Bicol Dir. Agnes E. Tolentino presents statement on the Bicol Economy during the News Conference on the 2018 Economy of the Bicol Region on April 25, 2019

After two years of slower growth, Bicol’s economy, as measured by the gross regional domestic product (GRDP), grew the fastest among the 17 regions in the country in 2018. Bicol hit a solid 8.9 percent growth rate from 5.0 percent in 2017, and remains within the target set under the Regional Development Plan for 2017 to 2022. All the three major economic sectors: Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry and Fishing (AHFF) Industry, and Services, recorded positive growth rates.

Industry sector recorded the fastest growth of 14.2 percent from 3.5 percent in 2017. The faster growth of the industry sector was attributed to construction, and mining and quarrying which grew by 21.7 percent and 18.8 percent, respectively. The robust growth in construction was supported by the Build Build Build Program of the government and the Tourism Road Infrastructure Program of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Tourism where 37 projects were started in 2018 with PhP2.39 Billion investments. Mining and Quarrying was backed by the production of non-metallic minerals valued at PhP15 B, and metallic minerals valued at PhP14 B. Manufacturing moderately grew by 1.2 percentage points. Electricity, gas and water supply rebounded from a contraction of negative 3 to 1.9 percent in 2018.

The service sector grew from 6.4 percent in 2017 to 8.8 percent. This includes transportation and communication, trade, financial intermediation, real estate and business services, public administration, and other services including tourism services. Other services and public administration grew the fastest among these subsectors at 17.1 percent and 14.0 percent, respectively. Education was the major contributor of growth to Other services. The increase in personal services with the implementation of the 3rd tranche of the salary standardization law and the filling up of government positions contributed to the growth in public administration sector.

The AHFF expanded by 3.2 percent from 2.6 percent in 2017, with both agriculture and forestry, and fishing recording positive growth rates of 3.2 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.

In terms of share to GRDP, the services sector contributed largely to the Bicol economy with a share of 57.5 percent, followed by the industry sector (23.9 percent) and AHFF (18.6 percent). The gross value added (at constant 2000 prices) of GRDP amounted to PhP 187.60 Billion from PhP 172.25 Billion in 2017.

With these developments, Bicol Region will move forward in 2019 with even stronger determination to accelerate growth to hit the target range of 9.1 to 9.6 percent. The government sector remains committed to making this growth inclusive in collaboration with the private sector and other stakeholders. NEDA Bicol hopes that every Bicolano will be one in effort to translate this growth into a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat.




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