Albay hosts Luzon RDCom Meeting

The provincial government of Albay hosted the Luzon Regional Development Committee (RDCom) meeting with Luzon provincial governors on July 14 at the Oriental Hotel in Legazpi City.

Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda, Chairperson of the Luzon RDCom and Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC), presided the meeting. It was attended by the RDC Vice Chairpersons and NEDA Regional Directors of the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and the Bicol Region.

In view of the relevance of the agenda to provincial development initiatives, all provincial governors in Luzon were invited to attend the meeting. Governor Araceli Wong of Catanduanes attended the meeting, together with the representatives of the provinces of Pangasinan, Bataan, Zambales, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay and Camarines Norte.

The Luzon RDCom endorsed the draft Luzon Spatial Development Framework (LSDF) 2015-2045, the North-South Railway Project, and the proposed amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act to the NEDA Board-Regional Development Committee, the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee, and the Department of Energy, respectively.

As a spatial development strategy, the LSDF seeks to harmonize the regional spatial priorities and distinct role of each region, as well as areas for complementation that would bring about effective spatial and economic integration. It adopted the three core strategies of the National Spatial Strategy on concentration; connectivity; and vulnerability reduction.

The North South Railway Project, which is one of the priority projects in the LSDF, has a total estimated cost of P340 billion. It aims to revitalize the railway system and improve connectivity among urban centers and regional growth hubs.

The proposed amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act seek to rationalize the granting of financial benefits and its system of distribution to host communities of power generating plants.

The Luzon RDCom also proposed the conduct of a Luzon-wide workshop to formulate an action agenda focused on improving LGU competitiveness, province-centric development, and agricultural import substitution in preparation to the ASEAN economic community integration.