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Davao officials support 2014-2016 reg’l dev’t plan

Davao region governors through their representatives as well as development stakeholders convened on Friday to give their full support and witness the launching of the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2014-2016.

Ma. Lourdes Lim, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) director bared that the 10 chapters presented in the updated RDP were given equal priorities since all of them are vital parts of the 2014-2016 RDP.

“Among the 10 chapters, disaster risk and management and climate change adaptation are being integrated in all setors of the RDP since it is now the concern not only in the region but our country as well,” Lim explained.

The 10 chapters being presented on the Updated RDP for 204-2016 were: macroeconomic management, modern and competitive agriculture, competitive industry and service sectors, strategic and sustainable infrastructure, science technology and innovation, good governance, human resource development, peace and development, sustainable environment and natural resources and social protection for inclusive growth.

She also added that science and technology has also become an important component of the plan for industries in the region to become competitive especially during the integration of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional economy.

Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon told media that she expected that the five point agenda of her province to be integrated in the updated RDP.

“Poverty is the most important for our province to defeat, I want it to be alleviated and other agendas such as environment, expansion and intensifying access to infrastructure, utilities and social services, peace and order and strenghtening of effective governance must also be integrated on the RDP,” the governor stressed.

Malanyaon also added during her speech that, “we will fight ‘tooth and nail’to protect and guard protected areas particularly Mt. Hamiguitan, Pujada Bay, Baganga Landscape and Aliwagwag Landscape.”

The event was also graced by NEDA deputy director general Margarita Songco as the representative of Secretary Arsenio Balisacan.

The Davao Region Updated RDP, 2014-2016, was approved by the RDC XI in June 2013 to take place of the RDP 2011-2016, in consideration of current and emerging developments and challenges in the region. (Cherry Mae D. Palicte)