The Regional Development Council VI (RDC-VI) and the National Economic and Development Authority VI (NEDA-VI) start every new Presidential term with an Orientation on the Mandates and Functions of the RDC and NEDA for all newly-elected and reelected officials all over the region, beginning with the Provinces of Capiz and Aklan on September 15 and 16, respectively.

OIC-Regional Director Arecio A. Casing, Jr. headed the NEDA-VI contingent, together with OIC-Assistant Regional Director Cynthia C. Lumampao, the Division Chiefs, and technical staff. Attending the orientation in Capiz were Governor Fredenil H. Castro, via zoom, Vice Governor Jaime O. Magbanua, together with the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the mayors of the various municipalities of Capiz and Roxas City. They were joined by selected department heads from the province and the representatives of the Capiz State University.

During the kick-off event held at the Governors Hall in Roxas City, the bulk of the discussions between the local chief executives and NEDA officials focused on infrastructure projects in the region.  In particular, the potentials of the Culasi Port and its proposed improvements, the Panay River Basin Integrated Development Project (PRBIDP) prospects for flood mitigation which local officials expressed as an urgent project, the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Bridge, among other regional priorities, were tackled.

Following the Orientation in the Province of Capiz, the NEDA-VI contingent proceeded to the Province of Aklan were Governor Jose Enrique M. Miraflores greeted the NEDA-VI contingent while Congressperson Teodorico T. Haresco, Jr.  addressed the group and took the opportunity to discuss local economy and agriculture-related concerns with the NEDA-VI and local officials.

Also in attendance at the Governor Corazon L. Cabagnot Tourism and Training Center, the venue of the event, were the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members of Aklan, its municipal mayors and representatives of the congresspersons, as well as the provincial department heads and representatives of the Aklan State University.

This practice of apprising local leadership on the functions, mandates, and responsibilities of the RDC-VI and NEDA-VI is in line with the directive of engaging local government units in a more relevant manner.

Audio-visual presentations on the RDC-VI, its sector, sub-sector and special committees, as well as NEDA-VI’s role as the Secretariat to the RDC-VI were shown. Discussions on the functional role of the office along planning, policy formulation, project development, investment programming, project monitoring and evaluation were also made. To complete the sharing process, NEDA knowledge products and services were likewise shown to those in attendance.

The Orientation Series continues with the Iloilo Province on September 22. The rest of the provinces and highly urbanized cities will be scheduled on a later date (NEDA6-DRD).