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Regional Development Updates | Vol 16 Issue 1 | January - March 2018

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The Regional Development Updates (RDU) is the regular quarterly publication of RDC XII and NEDA XII containing development updates, news, reports and other relevant information on various activities of the Council, Local Government Units, Regional Line Agencies, State Universities and Colleges and Private Sector in the region.

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Regional Development Updates | Vol 16 Issue 1 | January - March 2018

  1. 1. 4 5Congressman Hernandez convenes RDC XII Advisory Committee
  2. 2. Editor-in-Chief RD ARTURO G. VALERO Associate Editor ARD NOEL E. QUIRATMAN Contributing Editors JULIE ESPERANZA B. CHUNG MARIA FELICIDAD R. GUERRERO MA. LULU E. VALENCIA JULIET G. BOLANDO GUILLERMO R. MANRIQUE, JR. RDU Focal Persons LALAINE M. SAJELAN SANDRA J. ALIDO LIBERTY B. ARUMPAC APOLLO Y. MANLAWE EVIE A. CABULANAN JOSEPH DIDIUS L. CLAVE MYRA L. SAJO Photographer APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Layout Artist APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Contributors PIA XII EDITORIAL BOARD The Regional Development Updates (RDU) is published quarterly by the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII with editorial office at the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office XII, PrimeRegionalGovernmentCenter,Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, with Telephone No.: (083) 228-9203, Fax: (083) 228-9203. The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit the manuscript for reasons of space and clarity. RDU assumes no responsibility on unpublished and unsolicited materials. HOW TO REACH US Do you have questions, comments or suggestions? Send your letters with complete name and address to our editorial office mentioned above, or email us at nedaxii@ gmail.com. CONTENTS RDC XII conducts its 61st Regular Meeting Congressman Hernandez convenes RDC XII Advisory Committee South Cotabato to carry out Php192-M road projects under the CNGP program On our cover is the RDC XII- Advisory Committee meeting which was convened by Congressman Ferdinand L. Hernandez on January 30, 2018 at the Montilla Hall, Batasan Complex, Quezon City. NEDA Assistant Secretary for Regional Development Mercedita A. Sombilla was the Guest Speaker. 33 NEDA XII Inaugurates its new Office Building NEDA XII celebrates the NEDA 45th Anniversary through a Team Building Activity RPMC XII conducts monitoring visits Volume 16 | Issue No. 1 | January - March 2018 44 6-76-7 88 99 2 | Regional Development Updates | January - March 2018 1111 RDC XII supports the PPAN, 2017-2022 55
  3. 3. January - March 2018 | Regional Development Updates | 3 By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII-DRD City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – “I am proud to say that Region XII Congressmen are quite united in terms of pushing for policies and looking for budgets. Any problem brought to our attention are taken seriously. We work for it and produce results,” says Congressman Ferdinand L. Hernandez of the 2nd District of South Cotabato during his message as lead convenor of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII – Advisory Committee (AdCom) Meeting on January 30, 2018 at the Montilla Hall, Batasan Complex, Quezon City. The RDC XII – AdCom is composed of the House of Representatives from SOCCSKSARGEN Region and the members of the RDC XII Executive Committee, viz: RDC XII Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, Vice Chairperson; Sectoral Committee Chairpersons and Co-Chairpersons; and the Regional Directors of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). NEDA Assistant Secretary for Regional Development Mercedita A. Sombilla, representing Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, informed the body that the country is among the fastest growing economies in Asia with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growing by 6.7% in 2016 and 6.6% in the 4th Quarter of 2017, after China’s 6.9% and Vietnam’s 6.8%. SOCCSKSARGEN Region contributed 2.7% to the country’s total GDP with a growth rate of 5.0% in 2016. During the meeting, the following important matters were discussed: the CY 2019 Annual Investment Program; the Priority Agenda of Congresspersons for CY 2019; Status of Priority Projects in Region XII; and RDC XII resolutions needing support and action of the House of Representatives. AdCom passed a resolution requesting the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to include the Digos-General Santos-Tacurong- Kidapawan Route in the proposed Mindanao Railway System. A total of 21 instructions and agreements were reached which included the submission of priority projects for CY 2019 of major agencies as endorsed by the RDC XII Expanded Executive Committee during its budget review to Region XII Congresspersons for them to lobby for support. In picture (L-R), NEDA Asec. for Regional Development Mercedita A. Sombilla, representing Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, AdCom Lead Convenor Cong. Ferdinand L. Hernandez of South Cotabato 2nd District, RDC XII Chairperson and Mayor of General Santos City Ronnel C. Rivera, and RDC XII Vice-Chairperson and NEDA XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero during the AdCom Meeting at Montilla Hall, Batasan Complex, Quezon City on January 30, 2018. Congressman Hernandez convenes RDC XII Advisory Committee Congressman Hernandez convenes RDC XII Advisory Committee
  4. 4. 4 | Regional Development Updates | January - March 2018 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – The Regional Development Council (RDC) XII held its 61st Regular Meeting on 21 March 2018 at the SOCCSKSARGEN Hall, NEDA XII Building, Prime Regional Government Center, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City. The meeting was conducted for the first time in NEDA XII’s new home a month after its inauguration and blessing. It was attended by 46 Council members/representatives out of 68 Council Members or about 68 percent rate of attendance. The members were informed of some significant national concerns, such as: Virtual Currencies, Public Management Development Program (PMDP), and Club Most Beautiful Bays in the World (CMBBW). Ms. Maricris A. Salud of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Central Office presented the BSP Circular By: Sandra J. Alido, NEDA XII-DRD No. 944, Series of 2017 or the Guidelines for Virtual Currency (VC) Exchanges. The presentation advocated for the entry of virtual currency (VC), like Bitcoin, in the country which threatens BSP’s policy goal on consumer protection and financial stability. VC is a digital unit of exchange which is not issued or guaranteed by BSP. BSP has issued a warning advisory to caution the public against unscrupulous individuals or groups who entice consumers to invest in Bitcoins or VCs packaged as an Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Meanwhile, Mr. Jhonn Robert Javier, Admission Head of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP)-PMDP, presented the program, which is the National Government’s Career Executive Service Development Program that aims to produce new breeds of professionally trained public servants to raise the quality of bureaucracy for the efficient and effective delivery of government’s goods and services. Mr. Javier mentioned that about 21 PMDP scholars came from Region XII, representing 3 percent of the total PMDP scholars nationwide. The highest rate of availment was from the National Capital Region at about 27 percent, followed by Agency Central Offices at about 22 percent. DAP is hoping that with the presentation of the program, they will be receiving more nominations from Region XII. DILG XII Assistant Regional Director Lailyn A. Ortiz, informed the Council about the Club Most Beautiful Bays in the World (CMBBW). The Club aims to bring together different bays located in all continents and to facilitate the transfer of experience and expertise among Club members in relation to promotion, protection, conservation, enhancement RDC XII conducts its 61st Regular Meeting L-R, Ms. Maricris A. Salud of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas presented the BSP Circular No. 944, Seriesof 2017; Mr. Johnn Robert Javier of DAP-PMDP presented the National Government’s Career Executive Service Deveopment Program; and the DILG XII Assistant Regional Director Lailyn A. Ortiz, informed the Council about the Club Most Beautiful Bays in the World during the 61st RDC XII Meeting on March 21, 2018 in Koronadal City. RDC XII conducts ... page 5
  5. 5. January - March 2018 | Regional Development Updates | 5 RDC XII conducts ... from page 4 of tourist spots, economic and social development. Any public institution, local authority or association can submit an applicant bay, provided it must demonstrate that it possesses at least two features of the UNESCO criteria, such as: cultural asset and natural asset. On regional concerns, the Council discussed the Region XII hosting of the RDC-Private Sector Representative (PSR) National Convention on May 22-25, 2018 in General Santos City. About 200 delegates are expected to attend the event with some national dignitaries as guests. The region will also showcase the three tour packages, which the delegates can select, namely: SOX Agri-Eco Tour Experience, SOX Farm Tour Town Glan Experience, and SOXciting Food Tour Experience. The Council passed a total of 54 resolutions upon recommendation of its four (4) sectoral and three (3) affiliate committees. City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – During its 61st Regular Meeting on March 21, 2018 in Koronadal City, the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII passed Resolution No. 12, Series of 2018, supporting the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN), 2017-2022 to help push and implement the nutrition programs in the country. The PPAN, 2017-2022 is the country’s framework for nutrition action. It aims to improve the nutrition situation of the country and contribute to the achievement of AmBisyon Natin 2040, particularly in improving human capital and reducing its vulnerabilities brought about by malnutrition. The plan identified nutrition specific programs to address immediate causes of malnutrition, nutrition sensitive programs to address underlying causes, and the enabling programs to propel its implementation. Nutrition sensitive programs are sectoral programs that were tweaked to contribute to the nutritional outcomes like livelihood and employment opportunities, among others. The Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) XII, during its 1st quarter meeting on March 7, 2018 in Koronadal City, discussed and endorsed the PPAN to RDC XII for support. Ms. Annalita Mae V. Flores of the National Nutrition Council XII during her presentation of the plan said, “if the current administration declares war on drugs, the nutrition thru PPAN also declares war against malnutrition. Malnutrition is also one of our enemies, and winning over the enemy starts with an understanding the enemy.” The three major forms of malnutrition are: a) stunting where people are too short for their age; b) wasting where people are too thin for their height; and c) obesity where people are overweight. Based on the survey conducted in 2015 by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), stunting among children below 5 years old in the Philippines, was placed at 33.4%, wasting at 7.1%, and overweight at 3.9%. However, obesity among 11-19 years old was high at 9.2%. The said malnutrition status is considered a public health problem. Thus, focus of action should be two fronts; first is reducing stunting among infants, and second is preventing the increase of wasting and obesity during the first year of life. RDC XII supports the PPAN, 2017-2022 Koronadal City ... page 10 By: Evie A. Cabulanan, NEDA XII-DRD ---------------------------------------------------------------------
  6. 6. PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING 10 | Regional Development Updates | April - June 20176 | Regional Development Updates | January - March 2018 PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING RPMC XII conducts monitoring visits By: Myra L. Sajo, NEDA XII - DRD City of Koronadal, South Cotabato -The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) XII monitored twenty-two (22) government-funded projects during the 1st quarter of CY 2018. These include bridge construction and widening, road widening and rehabilitation, school building, farm-to-market roads (FMRs), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) project of DSWD XII, Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) projects of DILG XII, DAR - Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MinSAAD) project, and flood control- riverbank protection projects implemented by DPWH XII and DPWH Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat 1st District Engineering Offices (DEOs). The RPMC XII monitoring team is composed of NEDA XII, DILG XII, DBM XII, PMS XII, Regional Development Council (RDC) XII - Private Sector Representative and two (2) Non- Government Organizations. The visits took place in the province of Cotabato and the city of Kidapawan on February 7-9, 2018, and in the province of Sultan Kudarat and the city of Tacurong on February 13- 15, 2018. Most of the projects visited are those encountering implementation bottlenecks or delayed. The findings, observations and recommendations on the projects were discussed immediately after the visits during exit conferences with the concerned project implementers and LGUs, together with the Provincial/City Project Monitoring Committee who joins the RPMC XII monitoring team. Some of the problems identified include inclement weather, slow work of some contractors, and additional works that need to be undertaken but were not included in the Program of Works (POW), which caused delay in the completion of some projects. Nonetheless, there were also noteworthy innovative ideas introduced, and quality performance and good practices of The Widening of Labo Bridge along Matalam-M’lang-Bagontapay Road (Junction M’lang) in M’lang, Cotabato Province has an actual accomplishment of 90.06%, with a negative (-) 9.94% slippage, as of February 8, 2018 and expected to be completed by the end of February 2018.
  7. 7. January - March 2018 | Regional Development Updates | 7 PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING PROJECT MONITORING contractors in the implementation of some projects. In particular, the project engineer in the implementation of the Widening of the Labo Bridge Project along the Matalam-M’lang Bagontapay Road in M’lang, Cotabato Province introduced the installation of a structure at both ends at the left side of the bridge that allowed the unhampered work at any time of the day in the construction of the bridge and provided shade for the workers while working under direct sunlight. The Legacy Construction and Jargon Construction and Supply, contractors for the Road Upgrading (Unpaved to Paved) Projects along the SNA-Lebak-Kalamansig Road (K1862+230 – K1864+471 and K1864+471-K1866+182), Tinalon Section, SNA, Sultan Kudarat Province jointly rehabilitated some sections of the damaged road by way of providing eighty (80) loads of embankment materials for the construction of an access road going to the project site without any additional cost to the project, provided to their workers wages higher than the minimum wage set in the region, and ensured good workmanship on the completed concrete road. Recognizing these innovative ideas, quality performance and good practices, the RDC XII awarded certificates of recognition to the concerned project engineer and contractors during the Council’s 61st Regular Meeting on March 21, 2018 in Koronadal City. The Road Upgrading (Unpaved to Paved) along SNA-Lebak-Kalamansig Road, K1862+230-K1864+471 and K1864+471-K1866+182, Tinalon Section, Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat posted a positive (+)16.02% slippage for Legacy Construction, and a positive (+) 10.48% for Jargon Construction and Supply. The projects involved the concreting of 2,242 meters of road, 6.60-meter in width and 0.28-meter thick, implemented by Legacy Construction. The adjacent section involved the concreting of 1,711 meter of road, 6.70-meter in width and 0.28-meter thick, implemented by Jargon Construction and Supply.
  8. 8. 8 | Regional Development Updates | January - March 2018 South Cotabato to carry out Php192-M road projects under the CMGP program By: Danilo E. Doguiles, PIA XII City of Koronadal, South Cotabato, Jan. 25 (PIA) – South Cotabato is set to implement P192.28 million worth of road projects this 2018 under the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) Road Projects Program, an official of the provincial government announced. Provincial Engineering Office OIC Engr. Vicente Ayongao said the program consists of eight (8) projects located in the first and second districts of the province. Ayongao said the projects and the costs are as follows: 1. Upgrading of Junction National Highway-Cebuano-Kipalbig (Boundary) Road (P21.6 million); 2. Upgrading of Tampakan-Sta. Cruz-Topland (Boundary) Road (Php22.2 M); 3. Ugrading of Junction National Highway-new Iloilo-Cabuling-New Lambunao (Boundary) Road (Php33.9 M); 4. Upgrading of Centrala-Naci-Lambontong Road (Php31.6 M); 5. Upgrading of Junction National Highway-Palian-Cannery-Junction Upper Klinan Road (Php24 M); 6. Upgrading of Tampakan-Tablu (Boundary) Road (Php19.3 M); 7. Upgrading of Junction National Highway-Sulit-Bentung-Crossing Aflek Road (Php15.8 M); and 8. Upgrading of Junction National Highway-Poblacion Tantangan – Tacub -Tinago (Boundary) Road (Php23.9 M). Per Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2017-2 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), South Cotabato was supposed to receive Php366.9 million for road projects under CMGP. Ayongao explained that the allotment for South Cotabato was reduced after Congress slashed the allocation for the program from Php18 billion to Php8 billion. “Also, unlike the previous years, allotments for the beneficiary provinces this year are directly downloaded to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and not to the DILG,” he added. In 2017, South Cotabato carried out Php350.4 M worth of CMGP road projects, the official noted. Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) Road Projects, formerly Kongkreto at Ayos na LanSAngan: ang DAan Tungo sa Pangkalahatang Kaunlaran (KALSADA) program, covers provinces that have complied with the Good Financial Housekeeping of the Seal of Good Local Governance of the DILG. Under the program, recipient provincial governments may implement road repair, road rehabilitation, and road improve- ment projects, or a combination of these. Some of the South Cotabato Provincial Government’s completed road projects (L-R), New Dumangas to Barangay Plaza Road in Tboli worth Php3,962,060.4 and Norala- Banga Road worth Php47,487,922.63. Photo Source: http://www.southcotabato..gov.ph
  9. 9. January - March 2018 | Regional Development Updates | 9 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – On February 21st , the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office XII, held the inauguration and blessing of its new building located at the Prime Regional Government Center, Brgy. Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato, 400 meters from the Marbel-Makar National Road. The event was celebrated in three parts. The first part covered the ribbon cutting, unveiling of the building marker, and inter-faith blessing by Lumad (indigenous people’s ritual), Imam (Islamic Prayer), and Catholic Priest (Christian Prayer). Snacks followed and while the refreshments were being enjoyed, Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel awarded the Certificate of Land Title where the NEDA building now stands to NEDA Undersecretary Jose Miguel R. De La Rosa and NEDA XII Regional Director Arturo G. Valero. In the second part, the participants from various sectors listened to the inspirational message from the guest of honor, NEDA Undersecretary De La Rosa, who for himself was inspired for what he saw and witnessed during the blessing ceremony and tour in the new building. Words from partners were also delivered by Executive Assistant Dave Arreglado, the representative of RDC XII Chairperson and General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera, and South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes. Ethnic dances were performed and the NEDA XII staff sang the SOCCSKSARGEN AmBisyon Nation 2040 Song. The final part was the socials where the NEDA XII Inaugurates its new Office Building By: Guillermo R. Manrique, Jr. and Sandra J. Alido, NEDA XII-DRD NEDA XII ... page 10
  10. 10. 10 | Regional Development Updates | January - March 2018 NEDA XII ... from page 9 guests partake of local cuisine and delight in songs and dances with a live band. The inauguration ceremony was also joined by NEDA- FPMS Director Greg Pineda; NEDA-MIMAROPA Regional Director Raul Anlocotan; NEDA Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos; Four (4) Private Sector Representatives of RDC XII and heads and officials of regional partners, like DOST, MGB, BLGF- DOF, PSA, NHA, PhilHealth, CAAP-Cotabato and General Santos, DA, DOLE, NICA, NAPOLCOM, DBP, MinDA, OCD, 1st Mechanized Brigade- PA, PNP South Cotabato, SKSU and CCSPC. With a total investment of PhP 70 Million, the new 3-storey building offers 1,824 square meters of office space and is located on a 2,168-square meter lot. It features multiple areas dedicated to employees’ use, such as the workplace of the Finance and Administrative Division on the first floor, the Office of the Regional Director, workstation of four technical divisions on the second floor, and four function rooms in the third floor. The construction of the building was divided in two phases. Phase I worth PhP 40 Million covered the construction of the 3-storey building, while Phase II at PhP 30 Million involves the completion of the third floor, contruction of garage and storage building, installation of surveillance cameras, construction of perimeter fence, and acquisition of office furniture, fixtures, and necessary office equipment. NEDA XII has occupied the building since January 2016 and Director Valero expressed its appreciation and gratitude for the support given by the NEDA Central Office, the City Government of Koronadal, and the Department of Public Works and Highways for the budget, parcel of land, and technical support in the completion of the building, respectively. As South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes emphasized in her message, the new NEDA XII office building will provide a pleasant working environment for Region XII planners to work positively for a developed and more competitive SOCCSKSARGEN Region. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- RDC XII supports ... from page 5 Implementation of the nutrition programs will help achieve nutrition targets toward improving the nutrition situation. Among the targets by 2022, for under 5 children stunting shall be at 30%, wasting at < 5%, and obesity at 1.4%, and among 11-19 years old, the target for obesity is at 3.7%. The PPAN, 2017-2022 also gives importance to the first 1,000 days of life because good nutrition starts in the mother’s womb. The Council likewise acknowledged the importance of hiring a permanent Nutrition Action Officer to help direct nutrition actions or plans towards its goal. The realization of the PPAN programs will help contribute to the attainment of long and healthy life among Filipinos. ------------------------------------------------------------------
  11. 11. January - March 2018 | Regional Development Updates | 11 City of Koronadal, South Cotabato – In line with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 45th Anniversary, the NEDA XII conducted a team building activity to celebrate the event at Fred Ann’s Food Haus, Koronadal City on January 24, 2018. The theme of the activity is “Strengthening NEDA XII’s Internal and Regional Development Coordination.” It aims to strengthen the bonds of NRO XII staff by knowing oneself better and improving communication with each other to work toward increasing productivity. On behalf of Regional Director Arturo G. Valero, who was on official travel to Davao City, Assistant Regional Director Noel E. Quiratman welcomed the staff and shared that in line with the new challenges the office is facing, fostering good relationship and communication among the staff could help facilitate easy coordination to achieve office goals and targets. This then translates into efficient and effective coordination with various development partners. Dr. Ryan Travis J. delos Reyes from the Civil Service Commission XII, facilitated the team building sessions. A number of structured learning exercises (SLEs) were also facilitated by selected NEDA XII employees, including the conduct of cultural development activity. The NEDA XII staff also took pleasure in dancing and singing the “Tunog ng Progreso.” The audio-visual presentation was developed to highlight the NEDA’s 45th anniversary, to promote the AmBisyon Natin 2040, and the Philippine Development Plan, 2017-2022. ARD Quiratman expressed the appreciation of the NRO XII staff on the outcome of the activity. He cited that team building may involve playing silly games and fun activities but it takes time and resources to motivate the group to work as a team. In the end, it is worthwhile to connect and make friends with people we have worked with and will be working with in the coming years. Highly motivated staff can help build workmates to work harmoniously who would together achieve the AmBisyon Natin 2040! NEDA XII Celebrates the NEDA’s 45th Anniversary through a Team Building Activity By: Evie A. Cabulanan, NEDA XII-DRD and Lalaine M. Sajelan, NEDA XII-FAD
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