NEDA Region 5 conducted a briefing on the Bicol regional development plan (RDP) to representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the region on October 23, 2014 at the NEDA regional office in Legazpi City.
Ms. Jasmin Zantua presented the Bicol RDP to 17 representatives of 13 CSOs in the region. The CSO representatives appreciated the plan and expressed support to plan implementation and monitoring to ensure that the sectoral and regional development outcomes are achieved. Ms. Aurora de Guzman, a private sector representative in the Regional Development Council, also presented the CSOs poverty reduction agenda in behalf of the Coalition for Bicol Development.
The briefing is the third of a series of stakeholders’ briefings on the Bicol RDP that NEDA Region 5 scheduled during the year. The first was for the private sector representing the chambers of commerce and industry regionwide. The second was for members of the print and broadcast media from different provinces in the region. Two more briefings are scheduled for local government planners and the academe in October and November.