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COUNCIL PROPER

The members of the RDC Full Council shall be composed of 6 Governors, 7 City Mayors, 3 capital town Mayors, 6 presidents of the Provincial Leagues of Mayors, 24 Regional Directors and 15 Private Sector Representatives.

Ex-Officio

1. The Governors of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon
2. The City Mayors of Naga, Legazpi, Iriga, Ligao, Tabaco, Masbate and Sorsogon
3. The Mayors of Daet, Camarines Norte, Pili, Camarines Sur and Virac, Catanduanes
4. The Presidents of the Provincial Leagues of Mayors of the Bicol provinces
5. The Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
6. The Regional Director of the Information and Communications Technology Office
7. Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
8. Department of Agriculture (DA)
9. Department of Budget and Management (DBM)
10. Department of Education (DepEd)
11. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
12. Department of Energy (DOE)
13. Department of Finance (DOF)
14. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
15. Department of Health (DOH)
16. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
17. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
18. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
19. Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
20. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
21. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
22. Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)
23. Department of Tourism (DOT)
24. Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
25. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
26. Presidential Management Staff (PMS)
27. Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
27. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

Private Sector Representatives (PSRs)

PSRs shall comprise one-fourth of the total membership of the fully constituted council.

The RDC will have a total of 15 PSRs: 12 geographic representatives (two per province), two to represent the basic sector and one to represent the labor sector.

Functions. The RDC shall have the following functions:

1. Coordinate the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of short and long-term regional development plans, regional physical framework plan, regional development investment program and special development plans, including the formulation of policy recommendations

2. Integrate approved development plans of provinces and cities, line agencies, state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, and special development authorities in the region into the regional development plan

3. Review, prioritize and endorse to the national government the annual investment programs of agency regional offices, and state universities and colleges for funding and implementation

4. Review and endorse to the national government the annual budgets of agency regional offices, state universities and colleges, and special development authorities

5. Promote and direct the inflow and allocation of private investments in the region to support regional development objectives, policies and strategies

6. Review and endorse national plans, programs and projects proposed for implementation in the regions

7. Review and endorse projects of national government agencies that have impact on the region and projects of LGUs in the region requiring national government financial exposure which may come in the form of guarantees, national government budget appropriations or subsidies, among others;

8. Initiate and coordinate the development, funding and implementation of regional and special development projects such as those involving several agencies or LGUs
9. Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of development projects undertaken by government agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges, government – owned and controlled corporations, and special development authorities in the region

10. Perform other related functions and activities as may be necessary to promote and sustain the socio-economic development of the regions:

a. Assist local government units, when so requested, in the preparation of local development plans and programs and in fulfilling the requirements for evaluation of local government projects to be requested for official development assistance (ODA) grant financing

b. Provide capability building assistance to local government officials and staff, when so requested, in the areas of local governance, fiscal administration and project development and management

Responsibilities. The RDC shall have the following responsibilities in the exercise of its functions:

1. Approve the Regional Development Plan, the Regional Physical Framework Plan, the Regional Development Investment Program and other special development plans

2. Ensure the consistency of local development plans with the regional development plans and priorities through coordination with local development councils

3. Submit an annual assessment of plan implementation and an integrated report on the annual performance of the regional economy

4. Ensure, through the process of evaluation, that nationally-funded programs and projects in the region have gone through the required consultation at the LGU level, have secured the support of local officials, and conform with the requirements of the ICC in terms of, but not limited to, economic and financial feasibility, social acceptability and technical viability

5. Submit reports on events and occurrences in the region requiring national attention
6. Submit a semestral report on the activities of the Council including an assessment of the participation of its members within thirty (30) days after each semester

7. Identify and prescribe uniform systems, standards, methods and institutional arrangements in the preparation of reports, socio-economic profiles, plans and programs and other undertakings of the local government units and/or local development councils

8. Request for financial assistance from the LGUs and other entities in support of its activities and projects

9. Accept donations, contributions, grants, bequests or gifts in cash or in kind from any source and submit report on the availability, utilization and/or disbursement thereof.

Executive Committee. The RDC shall organize an Executive Committee (Excom) to act on matters that require immediate attention for and on behalf of the RDC Full Council.  The Executive Committee shall be composed of all governors, city mayors, chairman of the four sectoral committees and regional directors of DBM and DILG. The RDC Chairman, Co-Chairman, Vice-Chairman and RDC Secretary shall serve as the officers of the Executive Committee.

Functions. The ExCom shall have the same powers and functions as the RDC Full Council on all matters that require immediate action. All resolutions of the Excom shall be presented to the Full Council for confirmation during its regular meeting.