18
JUL
2017

NEDA launches Region XII Regional Development Plan

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) launched the Regional Development Plan for 2017-2022 of SOCCSKSARGEN Region last July 11, 2017 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

 These plans were the region’s design for development and were patterned from the Philippine Development Plan with the title “AKSYON para sa AMBISYON 2040 which aims to attain “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay para sa Lahat,”

 The PDP 2017-2022 contains strategies that fall under three pillars of “Malasakit” (enhancing the social fabric), “Pagbabago” (inequality-reducing transformation), “Patuloy na Pag-unlad” (increasing growth potential of the economy).

 The pillar of “Malasakit” (enhancing the social fabric) aims to regain the peoples’ trust in pblic institutions and cultivate trust in fellow Filipinos. Filipinos will have increased awareness of, and will learn to value, the country’s cultural diversity and shared heritage.

 “Pagbabago” (inequality-reducing transformation), by expanding economic opportunities and increasing access to these opportunities, particularly of economic groups that used to lag behind, growth will be felt.

 “Patuloy na Pag-unlad (increasing growth potential of the economy), aims to accelerate and sustain economic growth through technology adaptation and encourage Filipinos to innovate.

 These strategies will be the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society, and a globally-competitive knowledge economy by 2022.

 Present in the launching was Hon. Ronnel Rivera, Chairperson of Regional Development Council XII, and Mr. Arturo G. Valero who presented the highlights of the regional development plan 2017-2022 and identifies 10 major medium-term plans and priorities of the region, which includes:

  1. Transforming agriculture into a competitive agribusiness industry
  2. Ensure equal opportunities to basic, higher and tech-voc education
  3. Improve social infrastructure and equipment, and engaging more basic service workers
  4. Building resiliency in communities
  5. Accelerating build-up of resilient infrastructure facilities integrating DRR-CCA measures
  6. Improving public financial management
  7. Sustaining and supporting the peace initiatives of the government
  8. Harmonizing land uses from ridge-to-reef by integrating forest land use plans, watershed management plans, protected areas management plans, and other related forestry plans into the CLUP.
  9. Rehabilitating and restoring degraded natural resources, and protecting the fragile ecosystems while improving the welfare or resource-dependent communities.
  10. Continue to provide opportunities in technical education and skills development

 

 A regional spatial strategy framework was also presented during the launch and it was called the “SAIDS” (The Sustainable Agri-Industrial Development Strategy). This is to improve the agricultural sector and connectivity of the entire region by developing three main corridors: Cotabato City – Kidapawan Corridor, Isulan-General Santos Corridor and the Lebak-Maasim-Alabel-Glan Coastal Zone.

The plans were supported by different organizations in the region such as the representatives from the youth sector, LCEs, NGO’s, basic and business sectors and academe.

 The president of NDDU Bro, Paterno S. Corpus, FMS, together with the Director of the Planning and Development Office of NDDU, Bro. Manuel P. Uluan, FMS were also present during the launching and presentation of the plans. Both were enthusiastic to help address some regional challenges especially in the academe and help reduce poverty by offering equal opportunity for children to higher education and provide technical education and skills development programs. With these programs, we could possibly attain the objective of PDP, to make the country a middle class country by 2040, where poverty will no longer be present.