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.