The Regional Development Council 5, through its secretariat (NEDA), conducted a focus group discussion (FGD) with the representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Bicol region for the preparation of the CY 2015 Regional Development Report (RDR) last July 19 at NEDA Regional Office 5, Legazpi City. The FGD aimed to (a) generate feedback on the programs and projects of the PSOs and CSOs that contribute to the attainment of RDP objectives; (b) to solicit recommendations to improve implementation of PPAs by agencies; and (c) to solicit good practices of PSOs/CSOs in project implementation. The CSOs, as partners of the government in regional development, were able to implement their projects that benefited their target communities with the technical and financial support provided by the national government and local government units. However, there were also some issues raised that hampered the effective and efficient delivery of services to the beneficiaries: duplication of agencies’ mandates which could be addressed by convergence among government agencies, limited roles of CSOs in local development planning, project implementation and decision making processes, and lack of timely and reliable data. The CSOs expressed their continuous support to the programs of the government and are willing to be its active partners for regional growth and socio-economic development.
In a separate forum with the representatives from the government sector, the regional line agencies, LGUs and state universities and colleges validated the data in the indicators that measured the performance of their respective sectors. During this regional integration workshop, additional inputs were generated that would help enhance the discussion in the RDR, e.g., the inclusion of activities of the Regional Anti-Trafficking Task Force on the series of orientation seminars on Republic Act 10264 or the “Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012”. These seminars were conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with the different barangay officials and personnel of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guards, and other law enforcers and anti-crime groups in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, and local government units. The regional integration workshop also addressed some issues raised such as: industry and skills mismatch, poor access resulting to high cost of transporting farm produce to the market, and delayed release of funds resulting to delayed implementation of projects.
Development administration sector group during the regional integration workshop
GS Bitare PFPD NEDA 5