The Regional Development Council-1 (RDC-1) – Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) hosted this year’s conduct of the online 13th RDC-PSR National Convention with the theme: “Panagkaykaysa: Strengthening Unity, Harnessing Cooperation, and Sharing Responsibility towards National Recovery”.
The two-day activity, held last April 28 – 29, aim to encourage collaboration and cooperation among PSRs to sustain their active roles in the recovery from COVID-19 and other disasters, and strengthen their partnership and participation with the government.
In his Opening Address, Hon. Juan Carlo S. Medina, RDC-1 Chairperson and Mayor of Vigan City, emphasized to build on the values ingrained in this year’s theme as it will help us carry each other towards national recovery. Mayor Medina also underlined the collaborative efforts undertaken with the business sectors, civil service organizations and non-government organizations in sharing the load of alleviating communities to thrive amidst the increasing needs of this unprecedented times.
The convention focused on private sector engagements that were highlighted in the following topics: “Gearing Towards Economic Recovery from Covid-19”; “Public Utility vehicle Modernization Plan”; “Strengthening Virology Science in the Philippines: Addressing concerns on Locally Developing and Producing Vaccines”; “Climate Change Adaptation and Climate Justice Towards Sustainable Recovery”; and “Strengthening Stakeholder Participation in the Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Mandanas-Garcia Petitions”.
To close, Mr. Vincent Adorna, this year’s Lead Convener, graciously handed-over the torch of responsibility to the RDC-PSRs of Western Visayas or Region VI as they will host next year’s national convention. In his turn-over speech, Mr. Adorna stated that celebrating the national convention is a manifestation of the RDC-PSRs’ re-affirmation of their fervent commitment as development partners of the government enshrined in Executive Order No. 325.
The national convention is an annual event which provides for an opportunity for the RDC-PSRs to convene and discuss various development concerns and strengthen their capacity as private representatives to the RDC. For this year, all NEDA Regional Offices and the RDCs were able to actively participate in the two-day event. Also, the participants were taken on a virtual tour of Region1 where top historic – tourist destinations and Ilocos products were featured.
Executive Order No. 325 series of 1996 embraces that it is the policy of the State that socio-economic development programs and activities of government be undertaken with the extensive and active participation and support from, and coordination of, various government agencies, as well as private sector institutions at the national, regional and local levels.