Members of the four RDP Planning Committees (PC) and other stakeholders gathered during the RDP 2023-2028 Inter-PC Integration Workshop and Results Matrix (RM) Preparation on January 10, 2023, at NEDA Region 5, Legazpi City. The activity aims to ensure that critical and cross-cutting issues in the region are properly addressed in the Plan, and to validate the initial indicators and targets in the draft RM for monitoring Plan implementation.

The RDP 2023-2028 Inter-PC Integration Workshop and RM Preparation participants composed of agencies, local government units, and private sector representatives

NRO5 Regional Director Luis G. Banua, in his opening message, thanked all the stakeholders and emphasized their vital role in the formulation of the RDP. He acknowledged the presence of various heads of offices who personally attended the activity. Engr. Gilberto A. Abion, PFPD Chief Economic Development Specialist, presented the RDP Overall Framework and highlighted the issues and challenges in the region, especially those gathered in the scenario planning during the series of consultations. The respective chapter strategy frameworks were also presented emphasizing on the crosscutting strategies.

RD Banua delivers his opening remarks where he is welcomed by the stakeholders as the new regional director of NEDA Region 5. The event is RD Banua’s first face-to-face regional commitment since his transfer to Region 5.

The first part of the activity was devoted to the discussion on the draft RDP. The participants pointed out some of the critical and cross-cutting issues and recommended additional strategies. Part II of the activity was conducted in the afternoon wherein the agencies validated the indicators and targets in the RM.

The RDP Inter-PC integration workshop is the final round of consultations before it gets the nod of the RDC. Previous activities include the series of provincial consultations in the six provinces of the region and the stakeholders’ consultation for the government and private sectors. The active participation and commitment of the stakeholders in the RDP formulation process are critical to ensure the timely completion, establish ownership and attain the goals of the RDP 2023-2028.

(Left) RDC-PSR for Farmers Santiago K. Cervantes raises comments on infrastructure projects which mostly consists of repairs. PSR Cervantes recommends for concerned agencies to propose infrastructure projects that provide sustainable solutions to issues in the region including support to programs for farmers and fisherfolk. (Right) J/SSUPT Pio C Rosero, Assistant Regional Director for Operations of BJMP Region 5 proposes to incorporate technical and vocational courses or lifelong skills in the educational curriculum for persons deprived of liberty and its personnel; and to establish a College Education Behind Bars.

The Bicol RDP 2023–2028 intends to achieve economic and social transformation for a prosperous, inclusive, and resilient society. It is based on President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s 8-point socioeconomic agenda that will address high inflation, scarring due to COVID-19 and the tight fiscal space over the short term; and the constraints in generating more jobs, quality jobs, and green jobs and providing the enabling environment—governance, level playing field, peace and security, infrastructure, and disaster resilience, over the medium term.

Richel A. Callos/NEDA5