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Regional Development Updates | Vol 17 Issue 3 | November - December 2019

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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RDC XII supports the
General Santos City -
Clark route opening
CAAP implement other components of GSC
airport improvement and rehabilitation
Editor-in-Chief
RD TERESITA SOCORRO C. RAMOS
Associate Editor
ARD NOEL E. QUIRATMAN
Contributing Editors
MA. LULU E. VALENCIA
MARIA FELICIDAD R. GUERRERO
GUILLERMO R. MANRIQUE, JR.
GWYNETH GRACE B. COLLADO
LALAINE M. SAJELAN
RDU Focal Persons
EDEN F. RIDAO
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
EVIE A. CABULANAN
MICHAEL BJ S. ABELLANA
JOSEPH DIDIUS L. CLAVE
MYRA L. SAJO
Photographer
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
Layout Artist
APOLLO Y. MANLAWE
Contributors
PIA XII
DOLE XII
PSA 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responsibility on unpublished and unsolicited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.
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name and address to our editorial office
mentioned above, or email us at nedaxii@
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CONTENTS
RDC XII confirms the newly elected
Sectoral Committee Officials
RDC XII supports the General Santos
City - Clark opening
South Cotabato and Sarangani:
Integration Sites for UHC Law in
SOCCSKSARGEN
On the cover is the 68th
meeting of
the Regional Development Council
(RDC) XII which was presided over
byActing Chairperson and NEDAXII
Regional Director Teresita Socorro
C. Ramos and the latest pictures on
the improvement and rehabilitation
of the General Santos City airport as
of November 2019.
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CAAP implement other components
of GSC airport improvement and
rehabilitation
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2 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019
DILG XII with PCW conduct the 1st
Regional GAD Budget Forum for
Region XII LGUs
88
68th
RDC XII Resolutions passed
1111
DOLE XII turns over Php 22.4 million
livelihood and TUPAD checks to LCEs99
November - December 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 3
RDC XII supports the General Santos City – Clark
route opening
KORONADAL CITY, South
Cotabato – Regional Development
Council (RDC) XII passed
Resolution No. 113, series of 2019
supporting the opening of General
Santos City (GSC) – Clark air
route, during its 68th
Regular
Meeting on December 4, 2019 in
Koronadal City.
The action of the council further
supports the declaration of joint
intent to strengthen linkages
between GSC and Clark Freeport
Zone, which was signed by GSC
Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera and
Clark Development Corporation
(CDC) President and CEO Noel F.
Manankil on September 13, 2018.
By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII
The declaration promotes air
connectivity, organization of
trade, and business mission for
tourism and investments, among
others.
The GSC International airport,
with 3,227 meters runway is
servicing an average of nine
(9) flights daily, catering the
routes General Santos City to
Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and vice-
versa. The airport is located in an
almost 600 hectares land area in
Barangay Fatima, General Santos
City. Its terminal building can
accommodate around 500-800
passengers.
In Picture (L-R): Hon. Governor
Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. of South
Cotabato; Acting RDC XII Chairperson
and NEDA XII Regional Director
Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, and; Hon.
Ronnel C. Rivera of General Santos
City during the 68th
Regular Meeting
of Regional Development Council on
December 4, 2019 in Koronadal City.
The meeting was presided over
by Acting RDC XII Chairperson
and Regional Director Teresita
Socorro C. Ramos and attended
by 33 members, including Mayor
Ronnel C. Rivera of General
Santos City.
4 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019
RDC XII confirms the
newly elected Sectoral
Committee officials
By: Eden F. Ridao, NEDA XII
Koronadal City, South Cotabato
– The Regional Development
Council (RDC) XII, during its 68th
Regular Meeting on 04 December
2019, confirmed the newly elected
officials of the four (4) main
Sectoral Committees (SeComs)
under the umbrella of the Council.
RDC XII passed Resolution
No. 115, series of 2019, entitled
Confirming the Chairpersons
and Co-chairpersons of the
Four Sectoral Committees for
the term 2019-2022. Honorable
Ronnel C. Rivera, City Mayor
of General Santos City and the
former Chairperson of RDC XII,
administered the oath taking of
the newly confirmed RDC XII-
SeCom officials.
The elected Chairpersons
and Co-chairpersons of the
four Sectoral Committees
under the RDC XII, who were
selected, respectively, during
the Committee reorganizational
meetings in November 2019 are
the following: a) Infrastructure
and Utilities Development
Committee (InfraCom) XII –
Alfredo P. Hebrona, Jr., Private
Sector Representative (PSR) for
Infrastructure Sector and Land
Transportation Office (LTO) XII
Director Macario D. Gonzaga;
b) Economic Development
Committee (EDC) XII – Dr.
Rolando S. Doria, PSR for
Economic Sector and Department
of Science and Technology
(DOST) XII Officer-in-Charge
Mahmud L. Kingking; c)
Macro-Economy, Development
Administration and Finance
Committee (MEDAFC) XII –
Ronan Eugene C. Garcia, PSR
for Sultan Kudarat Province
and Tacurong City and Bureau
of Local Government Finance
(BLGF) XII Regional Director
Jeany T. Tedera; and d) Regional
Social Development Committee
(RSDC) XII – Richlie Lyndon
L. Magtulis, PSR for Sarangani
and Honorable Mayor Eliordo U.
Ogena of LGU-Koronadal City.
RD Teresita Socorro C. Ramos of
NEDA XII, Acting Chairperson
of RDC XII presided over the
meeting, pending the appointment
of the Office of the President
of the Chairperson and Co-
Chairperson for RDC XII from
among the nominees of the
Council.
The Council also confirmed eight
(8) special non-voting members
(SNVMs) during the meeting for
the term 2019-2022. They are
the following: Philippine Health
Insurance Corporation (PHIC)
XII, National Housing Authority
(NHA) XII, National Commission
on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
XII, Commission on Population
and Development (POPCOM)
XII, National Nutrition Council
(NNC) XII, National Commission
on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) XII,
National Commission on Culture
and Arts (NCCA) and Retired
Col. Celestino F. Desamito, Jr.
Except for Col. Desamito who
was endorsed to be a SNVM by
both the RSDC XII and EDC
XII, the rest of the confirmed
SNVMs were endorsed by RSDC
XII. Hon. Mayor Rivera also
administered the oath taking of
the said SNVMs.
The designation of SNVMs is
provided for under Section 3 of
Executive Order (EO) 325, series
of 1996 which specified that the
RDC, subject to the concurrence
of majority of its regular
members, may designate special
non-voting members SNVMs) of
the Council.
Other concerns tackled during the
68th RDC XII Regular Meeting
In Picture (L-R): Hon. Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. of South Cotabato; Acting
RDC XII Chairperson and NEDA XII Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos,
and; Hon. Ronnel C. Rivera of General Santos City during the 68th Regular Meeting
of Regional Development Council on December 4, 2019 in Koronadal City.
November - December 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 5
In picture (L-R): Mayor Rivera administered the oath taking of
the of the newly confirmed SNVM who were present. In picture
(L-R): POPCOM RD Edwin Mateo Quijano; NCIP RD Jeanne
Anne Zoilo; NHA Regional Administrator Zenaida M. Cabiles,
and; Col. Celestino F. Desamito, Jr..
RDC XII SECTORAL COMMITTEE OFFICIALS
•	 Macro-Economy, Development Administration and Finance Committee (MEDAFC) XII
	 Chairperson		 :	 Ronan Eugene C. Garcia
					 PSR for Sultan Kudarat Province and Tacurong City
	 Co-Chairperson	 :	 Regional Director Jeany T. Tedera	
					 Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) XII
•	 Economic Development Committee (EDC) XII
	 Chairperson		 :	 Dr. Rolando S. Doria
					 PSR for Economic Sector
	 Co-Chairperson	 :	 Officer-in-Charge Engr. Mahmud L. Kingking	
					 Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XII
•	 Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee (InfraCom) XII
	 Chairperson		 :	 Alfredo P. Hebrona, Jr.
					 PSR for Infrastructure Sector
	 Co-Chairperson	 :	 Regional Director Macario D. Gonzaga	
					 Land Transportation Office (LTO) XII
•	 Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) XII
	 Chairperson		 :	 Richlie Lyndon L. Magtulis
					 PSR for Sarangani Province
	 Co-Chairperson	 :	 Honorable Mayor Eliordo U. Ogena	
					 Local Government Unit - Koronadal City
include a Report on RDC XII
assistance to earthquake victims in
Cotabato Province, updated Fault
Line Map and earthquake-related
and volcanic hazards in Region
XII, updates on African Swine
Fever in Region XII, as well as
the reports of the four SeComs
on matters discussed in their
respective 4th
Quarter Committee
meetings and also that of the
Affiliate Committees of RDC XII
that need RDC XII action. The
Council passed a total of thirty-
five (35) resolutions and issued a
number of instructions to address
the various concerns raised during
the meeting.
6 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019
CAAP implement other components of GSC
airport improvement and rehabilitation
Koronadal City, South Cotabato
- The Civil Aviation Authority
of the Philippines (CAAP) -
General Santos City implemented
other components of the project
to improve and rehabilitate the
General Santos City (GSC)
airport through the downloaded
funds from Department of
Transportations (DOTr)
amounting to PhP 531 M.
This amount included the
upgrading of navigational aids,
repair/Improvement of Control
Tower Complex, installation of
Precision Approach Lighting
System (PALS), repair/
improvement of control tower
complex, and construction of
administration building, sewage
treatment plant, and access road
and security.
The status of the project
implementation as of November
25, 2019 are as follows: a)
fabrication and installation of
navigational aid (VOR and
ILS) is 40% completed; repair/
Improvement of Control Tower
Complex is 98.3% accomplished;
Supply/Installation of Precision
Approach Lighting System
(PALS) is 80% accomplished;
construction of Sewage Treatment
Plant is 85% accomplished;
construction of powerhouse is
15% completed; construction of
administration building is 25%
accomplished; construction of
Access Road and Perimeter
Fence which is 11 km is 5%
accomplished.
CAAP spent a total of
Php336,047,746.67 on the works
mentioned above, including the
budget on the upgrading of airport
power supply system which the
opening of bids is scheduled on
December 11, 2019.
The improvement and
rehabilitation projects for
General Santos City airport
was implemented in CY 2017
funded by DOTr amounting to
PhP 959 Million. These projects
are comprised of the expansion
of apron, and construction of
drainage and storm drain and
expansion/rehabilitation of
Passenger Terminal Building
By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII
(PTB), and improvement of
other facilities like control
tower, administrative building
construction, power supply
upgrading, sewage treatment
plant construction, access road
and perimeter fence and fire sub-
station building construction.
As of October 25, 2019, the
expansion of Apron space and
construction of drainage and
storm drain is substantially
completed undertaken by
Premium Megastructures, Inc.
amounting to PhP 54,370,887.97.
While the rehabilitation and
expansion of PTB is 45.09%
complete with a negative slippage
Completed left wing sectionof the Apron
Expansion/renovation of Passenger Terminal Building.

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Regional Development Updates | Vol 17 Issue 3 | November - December 2019

  • 1. RDC XII supports the General Santos City - Clark route opening CAAP implement other components of GSC airport improvement and rehabilitation
  • 2. Editor-in-Chief RD TERESITA SOCORRO C. RAMOS Associate Editor ARD NOEL E. QUIRATMAN Contributing Editors MA. LULU E. VALENCIA MARIA FELICIDAD R. GUERRERO GUILLERMO R. MANRIQUE, JR. GWYNETH GRACE B. COLLADO LALAINE M. SAJELAN RDU Focal Persons EDEN F. RIDAO APOLLO Y. MANLAWE EVIE A. CABULANAN MICHAEL BJ S. ABELLANA JOSEPH DIDIUS L. CLAVE MYRA L. SAJO Photographer APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Layout Artist APOLLO Y. MANLAWE Contributors PIA XII DOLE XII PSA 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 confirms the newly elected Sectoral Committee Officials RDC XII supports the General Santos City - Clark opening South Cotabato and Sarangani: Integration Sites for UHC Law in SOCCSKSARGEN On the cover is the 68th meeting of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII which was presided over byActing Chairperson and NEDAXII Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos and the latest pictures on the improvement and rehabilitation of the General Santos City airport as of November 2019. 33 CAAP implement other components of GSC airport improvement and rehabilitation Volume 17 | Number 4 | November - December 2019 44 66 1010 2 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019 DILG XII with PCW conduct the 1st Regional GAD Budget Forum for Region XII LGUs 88 68th RDC XII Resolutions passed 1111 DOLE XII turns over Php 22.4 million livelihood and TUPAD checks to LCEs99
  • 3. November - December 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 3 RDC XII supports the General Santos City – Clark route opening KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – Regional Development Council (RDC) XII passed Resolution No. 113, series of 2019 supporting the opening of General Santos City (GSC) – Clark air route, during its 68th Regular Meeting on December 4, 2019 in Koronadal City. The action of the council further supports the declaration of joint intent to strengthen linkages between GSC and Clark Freeport Zone, which was signed by GSC Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel F. Manankil on September 13, 2018. By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII The declaration promotes air connectivity, organization of trade, and business mission for tourism and investments, among others. The GSC International airport, with 3,227 meters runway is servicing an average of nine (9) flights daily, catering the routes General Santos City to Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and vice- versa. The airport is located in an almost 600 hectares land area in Barangay Fatima, General Santos City. Its terminal building can accommodate around 500-800 passengers. In Picture (L-R): Hon. Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. of South Cotabato; Acting RDC XII Chairperson and NEDA XII Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, and; Hon. Ronnel C. Rivera of General Santos City during the 68th Regular Meeting of Regional Development Council on December 4, 2019 in Koronadal City. The meeting was presided over by Acting RDC XII Chairperson and Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos and attended by 33 members, including Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera of General Santos City.
  • 4. 4 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019 RDC XII confirms the newly elected Sectoral Committee officials By: Eden F. Ridao, NEDA XII Koronadal City, South Cotabato – The Regional Development Council (RDC) XII, during its 68th Regular Meeting on 04 December 2019, confirmed the newly elected officials of the four (4) main Sectoral Committees (SeComs) under the umbrella of the Council. RDC XII passed Resolution No. 115, series of 2019, entitled Confirming the Chairpersons and Co-chairpersons of the Four Sectoral Committees for the term 2019-2022. Honorable Ronnel C. Rivera, City Mayor of General Santos City and the former Chairperson of RDC XII, administered the oath taking of the newly confirmed RDC XII- SeCom officials. The elected Chairpersons and Co-chairpersons of the four Sectoral Committees under the RDC XII, who were selected, respectively, during the Committee reorganizational meetings in November 2019 are the following: a) Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee (InfraCom) XII – Alfredo P. Hebrona, Jr., Private Sector Representative (PSR) for Infrastructure Sector and Land Transportation Office (LTO) XII Director Macario D. Gonzaga; b) Economic Development Committee (EDC) XII – Dr. Rolando S. Doria, PSR for Economic Sector and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XII Officer-in-Charge Mahmud L. Kingking; c) Macro-Economy, Development Administration and Finance Committee (MEDAFC) XII – Ronan Eugene C. Garcia, PSR for Sultan Kudarat Province and Tacurong City and Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) XII Regional Director Jeany T. Tedera; and d) Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) XII – Richlie Lyndon L. Magtulis, PSR for Sarangani and Honorable Mayor Eliordo U. Ogena of LGU-Koronadal City. RD Teresita Socorro C. Ramos of NEDA XII, Acting Chairperson of RDC XII presided over the meeting, pending the appointment of the Office of the President of the Chairperson and Co- Chairperson for RDC XII from among the nominees of the Council. The Council also confirmed eight (8) special non-voting members (SNVMs) during the meeting for the term 2019-2022. They are the following: Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) XII, National Housing Authority (NHA) XII, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) XII, Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) XII, National Nutrition Council (NNC) XII, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) XII, National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) and Retired Col. Celestino F. Desamito, Jr. Except for Col. Desamito who was endorsed to be a SNVM by both the RSDC XII and EDC XII, the rest of the confirmed SNVMs were endorsed by RSDC XII. Hon. Mayor Rivera also administered the oath taking of the said SNVMs. The designation of SNVMs is provided for under Section 3 of Executive Order (EO) 325, series of 1996 which specified that the RDC, subject to the concurrence of majority of its regular members, may designate special non-voting members SNVMs) of the Council. Other concerns tackled during the 68th RDC XII Regular Meeting In Picture (L-R): Hon. Governor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. of South Cotabato; Acting RDC XII Chairperson and NEDA XII Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, and; Hon. Ronnel C. Rivera of General Santos City during the 68th Regular Meeting of Regional Development Council on December 4, 2019 in Koronadal City.
  • 5. November - December 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 5 In picture (L-R): Mayor Rivera administered the oath taking of the of the newly confirmed SNVM who were present. In picture (L-R): POPCOM RD Edwin Mateo Quijano; NCIP RD Jeanne Anne Zoilo; NHA Regional Administrator Zenaida M. Cabiles, and; Col. Celestino F. Desamito, Jr.. RDC XII SECTORAL COMMITTEE OFFICIALS • Macro-Economy, Development Administration and Finance Committee (MEDAFC) XII Chairperson : Ronan Eugene C. Garcia PSR for Sultan Kudarat Province and Tacurong City Co-Chairperson : Regional Director Jeany T. Tedera Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) XII • Economic Development Committee (EDC) XII Chairperson : Dr. Rolando S. Doria PSR for Economic Sector Co-Chairperson : Officer-in-Charge Engr. Mahmud L. Kingking Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XII • Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee (InfraCom) XII Chairperson : Alfredo P. Hebrona, Jr. PSR for Infrastructure Sector Co-Chairperson : Regional Director Macario D. Gonzaga Land Transportation Office (LTO) XII • Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) XII Chairperson : Richlie Lyndon L. Magtulis PSR for Sarangani Province Co-Chairperson : Honorable Mayor Eliordo U. Ogena Local Government Unit - Koronadal City include a Report on RDC XII assistance to earthquake victims in Cotabato Province, updated Fault Line Map and earthquake-related and volcanic hazards in Region XII, updates on African Swine Fever in Region XII, as well as the reports of the four SeComs on matters discussed in their respective 4th Quarter Committee meetings and also that of the Affiliate Committees of RDC XII that need RDC XII action. The Council passed a total of thirty- five (35) resolutions and issued a number of instructions to address the various concerns raised during the meeting.
  • 6. 6 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019 CAAP implement other components of GSC airport improvement and rehabilitation Koronadal City, South Cotabato - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) - General Santos City implemented other components of the project to improve and rehabilitate the General Santos City (GSC) airport through the downloaded funds from Department of Transportations (DOTr) amounting to PhP 531 M. This amount included the upgrading of navigational aids, repair/Improvement of Control Tower Complex, installation of Precision Approach Lighting System (PALS), repair/ improvement of control tower complex, and construction of administration building, sewage treatment plant, and access road and security. The status of the project implementation as of November 25, 2019 are as follows: a) fabrication and installation of navigational aid (VOR and ILS) is 40% completed; repair/ Improvement of Control Tower Complex is 98.3% accomplished; Supply/Installation of Precision Approach Lighting System (PALS) is 80% accomplished; construction of Sewage Treatment Plant is 85% accomplished; construction of powerhouse is 15% completed; construction of administration building is 25% accomplished; construction of Access Road and Perimeter Fence which is 11 km is 5% accomplished. CAAP spent a total of Php336,047,746.67 on the works mentioned above, including the budget on the upgrading of airport power supply system which the opening of bids is scheduled on December 11, 2019. The improvement and rehabilitation projects for General Santos City airport was implemented in CY 2017 funded by DOTr amounting to PhP 959 Million. These projects are comprised of the expansion of apron, and construction of drainage and storm drain and expansion/rehabilitation of Passenger Terminal Building By: Apollo Y. Manlawe, NEDA XII (PTB), and improvement of other facilities like control tower, administrative building construction, power supply upgrading, sewage treatment plant construction, access road and perimeter fence and fire sub- station building construction. As of October 25, 2019, the expansion of Apron space and construction of drainage and storm drain is substantially completed undertaken by Premium Megastructures, Inc. amounting to PhP 54,370,887.97. While the rehabilitation and expansion of PTB is 45.09% complete with a negative slippage Completed left wing sectionof the Apron Expansion/renovation of Passenger Terminal Building.
  • 7. November - December 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 7 of 8.65%, under contract with VT Lao Construction JV with CB Garay Construction amounting to PhP 434,291,656.59. Corrective works shall be undertaken by the contractor, particularly on cracks found in some segments of the apron expansion. Source: CAAP – General Santos City The on-going construction of Aerobridge Structure. An aerobridge (or PBB – Passenger Boarding Bridge) is typically defined as a suspended, moveable tunnel which extends from an airport building to an aircraft, enabling passengers to board and disembark easily and efficiently. The ongoing construction at the airside of the airport. The construction works at the second floor of the Passenger Terminal Building. Comfort rooms at the arrival area.
  • 8. 8 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019 DILG XII with PCW conduct the 1st Regional GAD Budget Forum for Region XII LGUs By: Danilo E. Doguiles, PIA XII Koronadal City, South Cotabato – More than a hundred men and women Gender and Development (GAD) advocates from 54 provinces, cities, and municipalities in Region XII gathered during the 1st Regional GAD Budget Forum held on 28-29 November 2019 at the The Farm@Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, South Cotabato. In partnership with Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) represented by Executive Director Maria Kristina Josefina G. Balmes and two (2) GAD specialists, the LGUs’ GAD Focal Point-Technical Working Group Systems (GFPS-TWGs) composed of Social Welfare Development Officers, Planning Development Officers, and Budget Officers were very appreciative of the 2- day Forum, which had been conducted for the first- time in the Region. It was an avenue for them to articulate GAD- related clarifications, misconceptions, and difficulties, specifically, on GAD Plan and Budget (GPB) formulation and utilization of local GAD fund. Notably, the five (5) brilliant and expert Resource Speakers/ Panelists from Department of Budget and Management (DBM) XII Regional Director (RD) Akmad J. Usman, CPA, CESO III; Commission on Audit (COA) XII State Auditors Romeo C. Nunez, CPA and Arjay t. Astillero, CPA; Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Special Investigator II Riza Isnani Concha; and Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Supervising GAD Specialist Jeanette Kindipan- Dulawan were very generous in sharing their valuable LGU-based experiences, common observations, and audit findings, as well as their extensive knowledge pertinent to achieving gender responsive LGUs as one of the ultimate goals of Republic Act 9710 or known as “Magna Carta of Women.” As Gender Ombud, CHR XII Isnani stressed out that non- compliance of GAD mandates shall make LGUs civilly and administratively liable. DBM XII RD Usman thus recommended, as supported by the plenary, to conduct GAD Executive Session for Local Chief Executives and local legislators, another round of similar forum, and more GAD capacity development trainings for LGUs including barangays. These continuing capacity development activities would ensure GAD budget of LGUs be spent judiciously with highest level of prudence for the best welfare of their people. During the finale, DILG XII RD
  • 9. November - December 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 9 DOLE XII turns over Php 22.4 million livelihood and TUPAD checks to LCEs By: Christopher D. Gamboa, DOLE XII Koronadal City- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XII facilitated the release of livelihood and Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD) checks amounting to a total of Php 22,464,446.02 to the different Local Chief Executives (LCEs) and barangay officials on 27 November 2019 at EMR Convention Center, Koronadal City. The said turn-over served as the highlight of the LCEs Orientation on Public Employment Service Office (PESO) programs. The South Cotabato Province received Php 6,737,811.00 for 370 beneficiaries, Cotabato Province Php 4,843,630.00 for 294 beneficiaries, Sarangani Province Php 2,636,396 for 157 beneficiaries, and Sultan Kudarat Province with Php 3, 971,615.02 for 279 livelihood beneficiaries and Php 4,275,000.00 for TUPAD. Prior to the release of the livelihood checks, LCEs and barangay officials were oriented on the PESO Act of 1999 and PESO Institutionalization, DILEEP and TUPAD, and the Government Internship Program. “We conduct this orientation to ensure that our partners especially our LCEs are also aware and informed of the basic guidelines and eligibility requirements in the implementation of DOLE programs and services,” said Regional Director Sisinio Cano. PESO is a non-fee charging multi- employment service facility or entity established or accredited pursuant to Republic Act No. 8759 otherwise known as PESO Act of 1999. PESOs are linked to the regional offices of DOLE for coordination and supervision, and to the DOLE central office, to constitute the national employment service network. Josephine Cabrido- Leysa, CESO V, was impressed and visibly delighted with the huge turn- out, which is a manifestation of Region XII LGUs’ eagerness to be capacitated further on GAD. RD Leysa, as the concurrent Chairperson of the Regional GAD Committee (RGADC) XII for July 2019- August 2021, was challenged and gladly announced her unwavering support for more GAD CAPDEV activities for LGUs and Regional Line Agencies in the years to come. Kidapawan City Vice Mayor Joe Roe Bombeo receives the 3.7 M livelihood check from OIC-Regional Director Arlene Bisnon.
  • 10. 10 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019 South Cotabato and Sarangani: Integration Sites for UHC Law in SOCCSKSARGEN By: Evie A. Cabulanan, NEDA XII membership, pooling of funds, crafting of national Human Resource for Health Master Plan, regulating coverage for co-payment, transparent pricing, setting standards, licensing and registries, health promotion, data management and health technology assessment. The implementation of the identified reforms shall ensure equitable access to quality and affordable health care and protection against financial risk. This is through automatic inclusion into the National Health Insurance Program, immediate eligibility and access to comprehensive outpatient care benefit, and wide range of health care packages. The paradigm shift presented under the UHC, from traditional disease management to disease prevention and health promotion, is geared towards accelerating human capital development, one of the strategies enunciated in the Philippine Development Plan, 2017-2022. In support of the UHC Act, RDC XII passed Resolution No. 16, series of 2019 during its 65th Regular Meeting on March 20, 2019 enjoining the provinces/ highly urbanized or component cities in Region XII to establish their respective HCPNs. All integration sites shall document their experiences and lessons generated in the course of implementing the law to serve as basis for the development of national policies on the integration of local health systems to attain Universal Health Coverage in the Philippine setting. Approaches and mechanism to achieve the UHC target shall be supported by the DOH and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) through the following: a) technical integration – an on-going activity; b) managerial integration targeted by 2022; and, c) financial integration by 2025. UHC reforms shall cover eliminating redundancies, simplifying PhilHealth KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, – The provinces of South Cotabato and Sarangani in SOCCSKSARGEN were among the 33 pilot areas or integration sites in the whole country for the implementation of Republic Act 11223 or Universal Health Care (UHC) Act. This was shared by Dr. Aristides Concepcion Tan, Regional Director of the Department of Health (DOH) XII as he presented the salient points of the UHC Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) during the 4th Quarter Meeting of the Regional Social Development Committee (RSDC) XII in Koronadal City. The provinces identified as UHC integration sites are urged to establish their Health Care Provider Network (HCPN) to facilitate the provision of equitable comprehensive, integrated and continuous good quality health services to a defined population. The law provides that the Provincial Health Board shall act as the governance body of HCPN as part of their expanded function.
  • 11. Regional Development Council XII Resolutions Passed 68th Regular Meeting, 04 December 2019 Koronadal City October - November 2019 | Regional Development Updates | 11
  • 12. 12 | Regional Development Updates | November - December 2019