The Bicol Regional Development Plan (RDP) was crafted in 2010 and updated in 2013 with the vision of making Bicol as the most livable region in the country. This means that poverty is reduced, high paying jobs and livelihood opportunities are available, products and services are globally competitive, people are safe and secure, and Bicolanos do not have to go out of the region to have more decent lives.
The progress of implementation of the Bicol RDP is monitored through the Regional Development Report (RDR) which is prepared annually by the RDC secretariat. The RDR contains an assessment of programs, projects, activities and strategies implemented by the government and private sectors toward attainment of the plan’s sector outcomes, objectives, targets, and goal.
On June 25, the RDC secretariat conducted the RDR sectoral integration workshop which provided a venue for the participants to articulate their agencies’ accomplishments in 2014 that contributed to the implementation of the Bicol RDP. Most of the contributing factors cited by the participants are the implementation of major programs and projects to alleviate poverty. Foremost of these are the 4Ps of the DSWD, the Philippine Rural Development Program of the DA, the convergence program of the DOT and DPWH, the Bottom-up Budgeting program of the DILG, and the roads and bridges improvement program of the DPWH. The participants also cited factors that hindered the attainment of some plan targets and objectives. Among these are the high cost of doing business that discourages private sector investments that could have generated more jobs for the Bicolanos, low priority of some local chief executives on the preparation and updating of their comprehensive land use plans, the provision in the local government code on personal services which hinders the creation of disaster risk reduction and management offices in the LGUs, and the complaints of some members of the affected communities on the cutting of trees along the national road that affected the road widening project of the DPWH.
The workshop was participated by representatives from the regional line agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges, private sector and civil society organizations.