Multi-stakeholders’ consultation on RDP held here

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By Claro A. Lanipa (ALT/CAL-PIA9-Zamboanga del Sur)

PAGADIAN CITY, 6 February (PIA) – A multi-stakeholders’ consultation on the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Development Plan (RDP) and Investment Program (IP) 2017-2022 was conducted on February 3 at Mardale Hotel here.

“The consultation aimed to generate comments and recommendations on the RDP, as well as ensure that development priorities of the province, municipality and city are being considered in the regional objectives, targets, strategies, policies and programs,” National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-9) Assistant Regional Director Phlorita A. Ridao said.

The consultation also encouraged participants and stakeholders in formulating the RDP and Regional Development Investment Program (RIDP) that would chart the development directions in the next six years.

In his message, Governor Antonio H. Cerilles said all government line agencies have their own programs and proposals and suggested that all these should be submitted to the local government units and let the latter analyze if these are pertinent or applicable in their respective locality.

“Have a good development plan to ensure that all the people would benefit from it,” Cerilles advised the participants.

He also urged the national government to give the local government units full fiscal autonomy.

As stated in Republic Act 7160 known as the Local Government Code specifically Section 284, “40 percent of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) will be given to the local government unit and to be shared to the barangays, municipalities and province.”

But up to now, the LGU’s are only given 17 percent, according to the governor.

Similar consultations were also conducted in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay, and the cities of Zamboanga and Isabela.

Participants to this activity include government line agencies, academe, provincial, city and barangay officials with NEDA as facilitators.