NEDA Region 5 partnered with the provincial governments of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon in undertaking the provincial roadshows on the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and the Regional Development Plan (RDP). The provincial roadshows commenced in Albay on July 17, followed by Sorsogon on July 18, Masbate and Catanduanes on July 19, Camarines Norte on July 20, and Camarines Sur on July 21. The roadshows started with a motorcade along the provincial centers’ main streets that led to a forum where the Ambisyon Natin 2040, PDP and RDP were presented. Close to 1,100 individuals participated in all the six provinces that include representatives from local government units, provincial agencies, business groups, civil society organizations, the academe, and the youth.
The conduct of provincial roadshows is one of the activities in the advocacy plan that was identified by the Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) Adhoc Committee on Advocacy (ComAd) and approved by the RDC full council. It aimed to increase awareness of the PDP and RDP, build support and commitment towards attaining the plan objectives and the long term vision, and encourage participation in plan implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and advocacy. Provincial stakeholders expressed ownership of the Ambisyon and commitment to attain the plan objectives by aligning their respective programs, activities, and projects with the three pillars and bedrock strategies of the RDP and PDP.
Prior to the roadshow, a crowdsourcing competition was launched through social media that generated interest and encouraged the public to submit entries for logo making, feature writing, poster making, jingle making and audiovisual presentation. The winners of the competition were acknowledged and given awards during the roadshow.
Some notable points raised during the open forum were the need to: (1) cascade the RDP, PDP and Ambisyon Natin 2040 to the community level; (2) engage as many stakeholders as possible in plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy; (3) disseminate plan implementation milestones; (4) institutionalize the long-term vision as anchor in development plans in the succeeding administrations; and (5) ensure that the PDP and RDP are properly implemented in the event of a shift in the form of government to federalism.
To help in cascading and advocating the Bicol RDP and the Ambisyon Natin 2040, the RDC ComAd has created and trained a multi-sectoral Speakers Bureau composed of representatives from key implementing agencies, provincial governments, and the private sector that may be tapped to engage the communities and multi-sectoral groups in implementing the plan and sustaining the long term vision.
JY Cultivo – DRD NEDA 5