The Regional Development Council 1 approved the 2021 Regional Development Report and eleven other resolutions for socioeconomic development during its 2nd Full Council Regular Meeting at NEDA Regional Office and via Zoom videoconferencing on June 29, 2022,.  The RDR contains the region’s performance vis-à-vis the targets laid down in the Enhanced Ilocos Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update.  Based on the report, 57 percent of the target indicators were achieved in 2021, while 43 percent were underachieved vis-à-vis the 2021 annual plan targets.

Regional Development Council 1 conducts 2nd Full Council Regular Meeting on June 29, 2022 at NEDA Regional Office 1 and via Zoom.

 The RDC-1 also approved two resolutions for the social sector as follows: (1) adoption of the updated implementing guidelines on the  Nutrition Shepherding Project and organization of the Regional Nutrition Shepherding Team of Region 1 for effective nutrition program; and (2) enjoining all Local Government Units (LGUs) to participate in the implementation of child-mapping program in their respective communities which aims to locate all incoming school-aged learners to enroll, bring back to school those school leavers, and encourage them to stay in school.

The Council also endorsed two resolutions under infrastructure sector, to wit: (1) Integrated Flood Resilience and Adaptation Project (InFRA Project 1) to be endorsed to NEDA Board Investment Coordinating Committee; and (2) additional priority programs and projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 1 for endorsement to DPWH Central Office for inclusion in the final agency FY 2023 budget proposal.

In line with the implementation of EO 138, S. 2021 on full devolution, the Council supported the RDC Bicol resolution requesting the Senate to retain the School Building Program to the Department of Education in the National Expenditure Program including additional recommendations on the timeline of the devolution, location of schools and beneficiaries of the Last Mile Schools Program. 

On economic sector, the Council approved  the following: (1) inclusion of salt as strategic commodity in the region, (2) support to Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (RAFC) resolution recommending the Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs) to allocate funds to conduits in procuring palay when the farmgate prices are lower than the National Food Authority (NFA) buying price; and (3) support to the Buy Local Advocacy Program of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Meanwhile, relative to the upcoming re-organization of the RDC-1 pursuant to the provision of Executive Order 325, s. 1996, and continued improvement of the Council’s structure towards more effective and efficient operations, the Council approved the guidelines and procedures for the selection of Private Sector Representatives to the RDC-1 for CY 2022-2025, and  amendments on the RDC-1 structure and operations.

Lastly, the Council endorsed the recommendations of the DOST National Academy of Science and Technology on sustainable education, waste management, sustainable marine food security, food system and nutrition, environment, climate change, and blue economy, energy, water, and transportation systems, disaster preparedness and resiliency, and balancing economy and health  for consideration of concerned government agencies in crafting policies, plans, research  agenda, programs, projects, and activities.