The Regional Development Council 1 (RDC-1) endorsed 44 resolutions during its 1st Regular Full Council meeting conducted on March 30, 2022 via Zoom videoconference.
Majority of the resolutions approved and endorsed by the Council were the requests of various entities from their Agency Central Offices, their Fiscal Year 2023 budget proposals on priority programs and projects. These comprised of 23 Regional Line Agencies (RLAs), five Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), and six State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). The endorsed priority programs and projects of the agencies were consistent and supportive of the regional thrusts and priorities as contained in the Regional Development Plan.
Other resolutions approved were: 1) Ilocos Region Water Supply and Sanitation Regional Roadmap; 2) Sustainable Tobacco Enhancement Program (STEP) of the National Tobacco Administration (NTA); 3) Lower-Amburayan Development Corridor (LADC) Strategic Plan and Investment Program; 4) Reactivation of the Project Development Assistance Center (PDAC) for Region 1; and 5) Request to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central Office to consider funding of the proposed National Government Center Building for FY 2023.
Furthermore, the Council also endorsed the proposed construction of a 10-storey Saints Nicolas and Peregrine Neonatal and Multispecialty Building of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMHMC) for funding to the Department of Health Central Office, with the goal of increasing bed capacity from 200 to 503 and upgrading the hospital’s specialty services. In addition, the council supported the RDC Central Visayas Resolution No. 43, s. 2021, requesting the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) to amend the principles of the Z-Benefits, particularly for patients with early-stage breast cancer. RDC-1 also expressed support to House Bill 9459, an act increasing the social pension of Indigent Senior Citizens from P 500.00 to
Also, as part of promoting technologies from government-funded researches, the Council endorsed the adoption of the Andali RT-Lamp Test Kit for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) and the Plastic Densifier to capitalize on the contribution of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) to a competitive and inclusive knowledge economy. Further, the Council advocated for the 2022 Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) Nationwide Rollout, urging all RLAs, GOCCs, Local Government Units (LGUs), Academic Institutions, and the Private Sector to support and participate in the CBMS activities.
The participants were also informed on the highlights of the RDC-1 sector committees’ CY 2021 Accomplishment Report and CY 2022 Work Program.