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Bicol RTF-Economy Cluster Unites to Combat COVID 19

Regional line agencies and private sector members of the Economy Cluster were organized under the Regional Task Force on COVID 19 in the Bicol Region. With the goal to heal as one, the Cluster, as chaired by NEDA, identified the interventions appropriate to address the impact of the pandemic.

Foremost among the concerns was the sufficiency of food for every Bicolano. On this, the regional head of the Department of Agriculture, RED Rodel Tornilla, reported that the supply of rice in the region is sufficient to meet the regional demand for the year. NFA Regional Manager, Engr. Henry Tristeza added that about 98 percent of the NFA Bicol’s inventory is in palay form. Having enough milled rice is a challenge given that milling establishments do not operate at 100 percent capacity. Currently, the stocks of NFA is replenished with rice procured outside of the region, such as Mimaropa, so as to meet the demands of the LGUs and the DSWD.

Moreover, DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia updated the body on the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). Subsidy of PhP 3,650 was given to 315,544 beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), while funding for the implementation of non-4Ps SAP have been downloaded to 114 LGUs amounting to PhP 3.861 Billion. The region has the highest accomplishment rate on distribution. However, there are also issues on the recipients where some non-deserving or unlisted names still receive the financial assistance.

Regional Director Rommel Serrano of DOST, meanwhile, shared the Feasibility Analysis of Syndromic Surveillance using Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler or FASSSTER, a web-based disease surveillance platform which forecasts possible CoVID cases in a given area at a specified period of time based on interventions. “Data generated from this will support the decision making of DOH, other government agencies, LGUs and healthcare facilities, in terms of resource planning and measures to mitigate the spread of the virus”, Director Serrano shared.

Further, NEDA 5 presented the implications of CoVID 19 on the Bicol regional economy where the services sector was the most affected particularly the tourism subsector. As expected to similarly occur in all regions nationwide, the deceleration of GRDP growth rate in Bicol would result from the decline of the industry and services sector. In the case of the region, the MSMEs will suffer the brunt and thus the Department of Trade and Industry has declared moratorium for the loans under the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) Program along with other assistance granted to small business owners.

The region gears up for the crafting of the Regional Recovery Program to combat COVID 19 and sees its completion on May 15, 2020.




Budget Review Towards Effective Resource Allocation

The NEDA Region 5, as secretariat to the Regional Development Council (RDC) 5, together with heads/representatives of regional line agencies, local chief executives, and private sector representatives reviewed the FY 2021 budget proposals of 32 regional line agencies (RLAs) and 9 state, universities and colleges (SUCs) during a three-day technical budget review held on January 28 to 30, 2020. The Bicol Congressmen were also invited to send their representatives as panelists during the activity for purpose of aligning their projects with the regional priorities.

The RDC review of the FY 2021 budget proposals will strengthen the vertical linkage between national and regional/ local development plans and budget and ensure that the proposed programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) of the agency regional offices, and state universities and colleges that are for inclusion in the FY 2021 agency budget proposals are means toward meeting the regional development targets. Further, the comprehensive investment programming guidelines (CIPG) of RDC 5 require that the PAPs be identified as priorities under the Regional Development Investment Program.

The activity strengthened the complementation of the programs, activities and projects (PAPs) among line agencies and SUCs through information sharing, commitments of the concerned stakeholders and possible convergence between and among the various sectors.

Resulting from the three-day activity were refined agency budget proposals and policy issues affecting the planning and budgeting as well as project implementation. More collaborative efforts were highlighted to improve resource allocation in achieving the plan targets towards a matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat.


Director Renato De Vera of DBM Region 5 (left) shares insights on the agency budget proposals


(from Left) Engr. Marilou Lacuna of DPWH, Director Renato de Vera of DBM, Mayor Noel Rosal of Legazpi City, ARD Ronnel Sopsop of DENR, and Director Anthony Nuyda of DILG were panelists during the activity.


Basic Development Planning and Parliamentary Procedure for Bicol PSRs

An orientation cum planning workshop was conducted for the Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) by the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC). The new set of PSRs for the term 2019 to 2022 were introduced to the mandate of the RDC and their role as members of the highest policy-making body in the region. The Bicol PSRs are composed of seven geographic PSRs who represent the six provinces and one independent component city, and eight sectoral PSRs who represent the farmers, fisherfolks, labor, persons with disability, persons engaged in business, persons engaged in tourism, youth and students, and women.

The workshop was a learning venue for most PSRs as they had an orientation on the development planning process from plan and policy formulation, investment programming and budgeting, and project monitoring and evaluation. It made them aware of the specific functions of the RDC where they can align their activities for 2020 to 2022. The discussion on financial and administrative matters clarified concerns on honoraria and travel allowances as members of a regional collegial body. The lecture on the parliamentary rules and procedure for the effective conduct of meetings enhanced the PSRs’ understanding of the different parliamentary motions, the purpose of such motions, and their implications.

To emphasize the vital role of PSRs in the RDC, two studies on the effectiveness and degree of involvement of the PSRs in the RDC were presented. Both studies determined that the value of PSR participation is a function of the quality of their participation such as their ability to provide good arguments and come up with better proposals to prevailing government priorities.

Resulting from the workshop were the PSRs’ action agenda for 2020 to 2022 and training plan to further strengthen their capacity as PSRs. Looking forward, the PSRs will prepare policy papers and proposals on issues in the region that they advocate for endorsement to the RDC full council for support. Among these are the carrying capacity of major tourist destinations in the region, single-use plastic ban, and immediate lifeline restoration after each calamity, lowering cases of HIV and teenage pregnancy, and lowering of power rates.

The PSRs committed to support the RDC in laying down the pillars of malasakit, pagbabago, and patuloy na pag-unlad to build a secure, comfortable and strongly rooted life for all Bicolanos.


Some of the PSRs pose with the resource persons and facilitators during the orientation cum workshop on January 23, 2020 in Daraga, Albay. L-R: Mr. Jose Medina, PSR-Tourism; Rev. Fr. Rex Arjona, PSR-Albay; Mr. Nicolas Beda Priela, PSR-Business; Ms. Aurora C. De Guzman, PSR-Women, Engr. Benigno Elevado, PSR-Camarines Norte; JCI Senator Kenneth Kabingue; NEDA Region 5 ARD Edna Cynthia S. Berces; Ms. Caroline Ubalde, PSR-Sorsogon; Ms. Jennifer Arao, PSR-PWDs; and Ms. Ma. Teresa T. Chong of NEDA Region 5.




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