The Regional Development Council (RDC) VI held the Seminar on Indicators as a Tool for Managing and Monitoring Sustainable Local and Regional Planning Process last October 29 via Zoom. The activity had 172 participants from the region’s various local government units, regional line agencies, private sector representatives, state universities and colleges, and the RDC VI sectoral committees.

RDC VI Co-Chairperson Ma. Luisa C. Segovia delivered the opening message on behalf of Chairperson Rhodora J. Cadiao, Governor of Antique.  She expressed her gratitude to all participants for their continued support to the RDC.  She said the seminar stresses the importance of indicators to local and regional planners.  The activity is part of RDC’s capacity building initiatives to help its members and other development workers be upskilled on various key indicators when setting objectives, managing, monitoring sustainable local and regional planning processes.  It will aims to hone their skills on how to process and analyze the available data.

RDC VI Vice-Chairperson and NEDA VI OIC-Regional Director Meylene C. Rosales presented the rationale. She said that the seminar intends to equip the participants with knowledge and skills and knowledge in processing and analyzing data. Indicators measure and calibrate progress toward sustainable development goals, and serve as early warning to prevent economic, social and environmental setbacks, which then lead to better decisions.

Wilma A. Guillen, Assistant National Statistician of the Philippine Statistics Authority, presented the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators highlighting that all municipalities of the Province of Guimaras have 81-100 percent submission of the localized SDG Matrix while the rest of the cities and municipalities in Western Visayas have 41-60 percent.  She also presented the Statistical Indicators on Philippine Development (StatDev), an instrument to track the pace of progress in terms of the likelihood of achieving the end-of-plan target of the economic and social development goals outlined in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP).

Marlene Y. Alviar, Chief Statistical Specialist, and Ms. Ma. Goretti M. Novilla, Supervising Statistical Specialist of the PSA Region VI discussed the overview of the Gross Regional Domestic Product, the Provincial Product Accounts and the Community Based Monitoring System.

The lectures were followed by an open forum with the active involvement of participants in the Q&A. /VMHermanos/RDC/NEDA VI