Pursuant to its mandate, the Bicol Regional Development Council conducted an online technical review of the FY 2023 agency budget proposals last January 27 and 28, 2022. The review ensured that programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) that are proposed for national government funding in FY 2023 are consistent with the development objectives of the region and the country as provided in the Regional and Philippine Development Plans 2017 to 2022.  A key element in the review process is making sure that the proposed PAPs are included in the Regional Development Investment Program, the Regional Recovery Program for COVID-19, the Recovery Cluster Action Plan, the Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan for Tropical Cyclones Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses, and are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

In his opening message, RDC Chairperson Noel E. Rosal thanked the participants from regional line agencies (RLAs), government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), and private sector representatives (PSRs) for their contributions in planning and implementing PAPs of the national and local governments despite the pandemic.

The heads of offices and/or the planning and budget officers of RLAs, GOCCs, and SUCs  presented their respective FY 2023 agency budget proposals before a panel of reactors composed of the DBM Regional Director, representatives of the six provinces and seven cities, the Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs, Usec. Marvel Clavecilla, RDC PSRs, and representatives of key agencies (DPWH, DENR, DOH, DTI, CHED, and NEDA).

DBM Regional Director Maria Angelita Cells reminded the RLAs, GOCCs, and SUCs that PAPs for inclusion in the FY 2023 budget proposals, especially capital outlay projects, should be implementation ready. She urged the regional agencies to ensure: (a) vertical linkage by coordinating closely with their respective central offices for the regional breakdown of the allocated budget, and (b) horizontal linkage by coordinating with local government units (LGUs) on the PAPs to be implemented in their localities.

The FY 2023 agency budget proposals are set to be approved by the Bicol RDC on March 4, 2022, for endorsement to the DBM and agency central offices, CHED Central Office (for SUCs budgets), and Congress.

RDC Chairperson Noel E. Rosal and DBM Regional Director Maria Angelita Cells with the representatives of line agencies and SUCs during the Technical Budget Review on January 27-28, 2022