NEDA Bicol spearheads Local Planners Forum

Bicol local planners converged at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City on June 1, 2018 for a planners’ forum dubbed as “Update on Transport Planning and Gathering of Bicol Local Planners”. The activity was made possible through NEDA Bicol’s initiative, in partnership with the League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators of the Philippines (LLPDCP) Bicol Chapter.

As part of their commitment during the training on transportation planning last October 2016, the activity aimed to generate feedback from Bicol local planners on the status of their transportation plans. NEDA Bicol, in coordination with the University of the Philippines National Center for Transportation Studies Foundation, Inc. and the Bicol LLPDCDP designed the training as a response to the clamor of the LGUs to empower and provide directions on transportation planning and traffic management.


(L-R) Engr. Joseph Esplana of Legazpi City gives the opening message and acted as moderator while Ms. Mary Kathleen Vibar of HLURB Region 5 gives updates on CLUP preparation.

Meanwhile, other topics discussed include: (a) Philippine Private-Public Partnership (PPP) Program and Local Government Units PPP Strategy, (b) Update on 2018 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index survey, (c) Designation of LGU’s CMCI Focal Persons and Functions, and (d) Update on CLUP preparation. The challenge posed to the members of the LLPDCP is how to encourage and assist the 11 municipalities that have not ever prepared CLUPs.

In the afternoon, activities for the upcoming LLPDCP national convention set on the third week of June were discussed, followed by the election of new set of officers with Engr. Joseph B. Esplana of CPDO Legazpi re-elected as president. The LLPDCP members agreed to meet regularly.


L-R: Atty. Gieza Esparraguerra of NEDA Region 5 discusses PPP Program and LGU PPP Strategy, and Mr. Arvin Malonzo of Bicol University provides updates on the 2018 CMCI survey.

“I want to earnestly thank the NEDA for initiating the activity, for its continuous support and partnership with the local planners,” Engr. Esplana said.

The NEDA Bicol accepted the Bicol local planners’ request to spearhead regular regional local planners’ fora to ensure high attendance of members.