The Regional Development Council (RDC) VI Work Programming and Agenda Setting Workshop, 2015-2016 was held last april 15-16, at the height of the annual Panaad Festival celebrations in Negros Occidental. The workshop was held to determine the remaining priority concerns of the Council and its committees, set the priority 2015 to 2016 agenda of meetings, and identify major events the Council will initiate in the remaining months of the Aquino Administration.
RDC-VI Chairperson and Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella hosted the meeting with over 70 Council members (local chief executives, heads of regional line agencies and private sector representatives) who went to Bacolod City for the workshop as as well as enjoy the Panaad festivities.
The Council members participated actively in the discussions regarding the opportunities and challenges of Western Visayas for this year and next year as identified in the Updated Regional Development Plan (RDP) for Western Visayas,2014-2016, taking into account the following: (a) rapid expansion of the tourism industry; (b) emergence of new industries; (c) the country’s participation in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC); and (d) hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meetings in Iloilo City, Bacolod City and Boracay, Malay, Aklan, among others.
The theme for the RDC-VI Work Programming and Agenda Setting Workshop for 2015-2016 was BRIDGE Plus that means “Boosting Regional Infrastructure Development, Good Governance and Economy (BRIDGE) focusing on Food Security and Agriculture Sector Enhancement, Eco-Friendly Tourism and Renewable Energy Development, or the Green Energy” strongly espoused and advocated by Chairperson Marañon, Jr..