Photo by LGU Sugpon

The Lower Amburayan Development Corridor  (LADC) Strategic Plan 2022-2028, a plan that will provide a multi-stakeholder approach to holistic and integrated development in the areas the Amburayan River passes through, was approved by the Regional Development Council-1 (RDC-1) on 30 March 2022.

The municipalities of Alilem, Cervantes, Sigay, Sugpon, Suyo, and Tagudin in Ilocos Sur, and Bangar, Santol, and Sudipen in La Union all traversed by the Lower Amburayan River, formed the LADC. These nine local government units (LGUs) collectively crafted the vision, “To be stewards of Lower Amburayan ecosystem where happy, empowered, and virtuous women and men are living safely and comfortably in harmony with nature thereby maximizing sustainably the potential of the area for businesses, agriculture, green energy, and eco-tourism that are resilient to shocks” that served as the anchor point of the LADC Strategic Plan 2022-2028.

The LADC Strategic Plan identified the outcomes and strategies that will hasten the realization of the vision. It also contains the priority needs of the nine LGUs such as expansion of income resources; increased number of full-time Regional Health Unit (RHU) physicians; hospital expansion; construction of climate-resilient dwellings; and development of new roads and putting up of more cell sites to improve physical and digital connectivity within and outside LADC. The corresponding Investment Program of the strategic plan will jumpstart the implementation of the strategic plan in the short run. 

The LADC Strategic Plan is parallel not only to Region 1’s development thrust but also to AmbisyonNatin 2040. It is also consistent with the Region 1 Spatial Strategy, which supports development corridors and growth centers, and the Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan (PDPFP) of Ilocos Sur and La Union.  It is well-aligned with the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to promote economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection along with its principles of leaving no one behind. The LADC Strategic Plan was formulated through a consultative and participative process involving the LADC member-LGUs, some RDC-1 members, and non-government organizations (NGOs), with the assistance of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office (RO) 1. 

Moving forward, the NEDA Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will also be tapped to expand the same initiative to the upper section of the Amburayan River.  A training on Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) will likewise be conducted within the year to fully equip the LADC member LGUs in their monitoring and evaluation activities.  The NEDA RO 1 will endeavor to facilitate the inclusion of the priority programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) in the annual budget proposals of the agencies.  All funded PPAs will be monitored through the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES); and after three years, the LADC Strategic Plan will be evaluated on its achievement of the outcomes.  Visit the NEDA RO 1 website, https://ilocos.neda.gov.ph/, to know more about the LADC Strategic Plan 2022-2028.