The RDC undertakes the following functions as provided for in Executive Order No. 325 (as amended):

1 Coordinate the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of short- and long-term regional development plans and investment programs, regional physical framework plan and special development plans
2 Formulate policy recommendations
3 Integrate approved development plans of provinces and cities, line agencies, state universities and colleges, government owned and/or controlled corporations and special development authorities in the region into the regional development plan
4 Review, prioritize, and endorse to the national government the annual and multi-year investment programs of the regional line agencies for funding and implementation
5 Review and endorse to the national government the annual budgets of agency regional offices, state colleges and universities, and special development authorities
6 Promote and direct the inflow and allocation of private investments in the region to support regional development objectives, policies, and strategies
7 Review and endorse national plans, programs and projects proposed for implementation in the regions
8 As required by the Investment Coordinating Committee (ICC) of the NEDA Board, review and endorse projects of national government agencies and local government units 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
9 Initiate and coordinate the development, funding and implementation of regional and special development projects such as those involving several agencies or local government units
10 Coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of development projects undertaken by government agencies, LGUs, state colleges and universities, government-owned and/or controlled corporations and special development authorities in the region
11 Perform other related functions and activities as may be necessary to promote and sustain the socio-economic development of the region


The RDC assists its LGU members, when so requested, in the preparation of local development plans, local investment programs, and in the preparation of program/project proposals for possible official development assistance.

Among the important responsibilities of the RDC are, but not limited to, the following:

1 Approve the Regional Development Plan, the Regional Physical Framework Plan and the Regional Development Investment Program
2 Ensure the consistency of the local development plans and investment programs with the region’s development directions and priorities, through coordination with the Provincial and City Development Councils
3 Submit an annual assessment of plan implementation and an integrated report on the performance of the region’s economy
4 Identify and prescribe uniform systems, standards, methods and institutional arrangements in the preparation of plans, investment programs, monitoring reports, socio-economic profiles and other undertakings among its members
5 Accept donations, contributions, grants, bequests or gifts in cash or in kind from any source in support of the Council’s activities or as a contribution to the undertaking of a development program, project, or activity
6 Advocate and promote ideals and values which are consistent and contributory to the development goals of the region