The fifth RDC Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) National Convention was held on August 13 to 15 at Diversion21 Hotel in Iloilo City. About 170 RDC-PSRs and NEDA regional office representatives from 15 regions attended the convention. Twelve of the 15 Bicol PSRs attended the activity.
The convention theme was “PSRs: RDCs’ Crucial Partners in the Pursuit of Inclusive Growth and Job Creation”. Topics related to the theme were presented as follows: (1) Role of the Private Sector in Creating More Employment Opportunities and Better Jobs; (2) Roles of Private Sector Organizations in Tourism Development; (3) Bright Spots/Challenges in Putting up Investments in the Regions; (4) The Challenges of the ASEAN Economic Community Integration; (5) Enhancing the SME Role in Job Creation through Green Growth; and (6) Cooperatives and their Contribution to Development.
Workshop sessions were conducted to identify major issues and generate proposals on PSRs’ participation in the RDC and priority development agenda of the RDCs.
Major agreements on PSRs’ participation in the RDC include: (1) sharing of best practices among PSRs and RPMC chairpersons in project implementation tracking, referrals, and problem-solving; (2) amending provisions in identifying the four PSRs in the RDCom national committee to include one private sector representative each for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and Metro Manila; and (3) standardizing the honoraria for PSRs, allowances for travel when attending full council and sectoral committee meetings and other RDC activities.
Proposed priority agenda of the RDCs include: (1) supporting the move to amend the economic provisions of the Philippine constitution; (2) conduct of a summit among academe and industry leaders to forecast manpower requirements in response to the region’s industry needs; (3) adoption of industry clustering and convergence of government programs to enhance productivity and increase yields and incomes in agriculture; (4) ensuring compliance to streamlining of business permit applications to encourage more investors; and (5) identification of tourism circuits to be developed for integration into a regional tourism masterplan.