The City Government of Candon, Ilocos Sur, headed by Mayor Eric D. Singson, hosted the Regional Development Council 1 (RDC-1) 3rd Regular Full Council Meeting at Kusina Kabakiran in Candon City, Ilocos Sur on September 28, 2022. The hosting provided an avenue for the City Government to showcase their plans and accomplishments, and their strategies towards becoming a smart city. In his presentation, the local chief executive emphasized that the city’s plans are primarily focused on infrastructure, health, eco-tourism, agriculture, and education.
Director Nestor G. Rillon, the RDC-1 Vice-Chairperson and NEDA Regional Director, presided over the meeting proper. The Council confirmed the Chairpersons and Co-Chairpersons of the various RDC-1 Committees for the term 2022-2025, and subsequently took their oath of office. The body likewise approved the Guidelines for the preparation of the Regional Development Plan 2023-2028.
Furthermore, the RDC-1 approved and endorsed the following resolutions during the said meeting: 1) Adoption of the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion 2022-2028; 2) Support to RDC-IVA Resolution on the Proposal to Formulate a Policy to Provide Financial Benefits to Local Government Units that Host and Contribute to Water Resources Projects; 3) Endorsement of FY 2023 Supplemental Budget Proposal of DPWH Regional Office 1 to the DPWH Secretary; 4) Support to Philhealth Konsulta Program; 5) Support to the Immediate Approval of House Bill 6550 on the Magna Carta for Day-care Workers; 6) Recognition and Commendation to the Recipients of the 2021 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organization Overseas (PAFIOO) from the Ilocos Region; 7) Adoption of the Pagtanaw 2050 for Consideration in the Formulation of Various Strategic and Development Plans in the Region; 8) Enjoining LGUs to mainstream Gender and Development (GAD) in local development planning through the use of the Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines (HGDG) Checklist for Development Planning; 9) Support to the 33rd National Statistics Month and 15th National Convention on Statistics; and 10) Support to the Cooperative Month Celebration.
Subsequently, in celebration of the RDC Week pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1164, s. 1998, the participants were given an overview of the RDC Week Celebration and the major accomplishments of the RDC-1, followed by an audio-visual presentation of the RDC’s various activities through the years.
Finally, as the host, Mayor Singson gave a quick tour around the area where he showcased some of their innovative projects and good practices in implementing development programs and projects.