The Regional Development Council-1 (RDC-1) approved, among others, the Regional Priority Degree Programs of Region 1 endorsed by the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) during the 2nd Full Council meeting last May 26, 2021. The event was presided by RDC-1 Chairperson and Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlos S. Medina.

RDC-1 Chairperson Juan Carlos S. Medina presided over the RDC 2nd Full Council Meeting

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office I came up with five regional priority degree programs, in compliance with CHED Memorandum No. 79, s. 2021. The said memo tasked the CHED regional offices to identify priority programs to be vetted by the RDC in preparation for the opening of 2021 CHED Scholarship Programs/Student Financial Assistance Programs (CSPS/StuFAPs) application. The RDC-1 approved the priority degree programs which include Bachelor of Culture and Arts Education, Bachelor of Physical Education, Bachelor of Technology and Livelihood Education, Bachelor of Technical-Vocational Teacher Education, and Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, were endorsed to the CHED Central Office.

The body also endorsed the FY 2022 Proposed Budget of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for the priority programs and projects in Region 1 for inclusion in the Final FY 2022 Agency Budget Proposal. Likewise, the RDC-1 adopted the Yakap Bayan Program (YBP) as aftercare and social reintegration program for recovering persons who use drugs (RPWUDs).

Also endorsed during the meeting was the Region 1 Competitiveness Roadmap 2021-2028. The said roadmap was anchored on five pillars, namely: economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure, resiliency, and innovation. The is aligned with and supports the Enhanced Ilocos Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022 Midterm Update.

The Council likewise approved and adopted the Updated Harmonized Region 1 Research and Development Agenda (HRRDA) CY 2017-2022. Following the updating of the RDP, the HRRDA was updated through a series of workshops participated by representatives from regional line agencies (RLAs), local government units (LGUs), state universities and colleges (SUCs) and members of the Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee (RRDIC) of the RDC. The updated HRRDA is aligned with the National Harmonized Research and Development Agenda (NHRDA).

The meeting was attended by RDC-1 members from RLAs, LGUs, academe, private sector representatives, and guests from the House of Representatives.