The  last leg of the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan, 2014-2016 Roadshow, conducted  by the Regional Development Council (RDC) XI to strengthen collaboration among stakeholders for Plan implementation, was successfully conducted at Lane’s Kita-anan, Mati City, Davao Oriental on July 23 in partnership with the provincial government of Davao Oriental.  The Local Chief Executive of the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, led the roadshow while RDC XI headed by its Vice Chairperson and Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim of the NEDA Regional Office (NRO) XI and  her staff, composed  the Council’s technical secretariat.

During the activity, Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon said  that she is optimistic that such effort of the Council to consult the local government units (LGUs) on the Plan’s implementation is a welcome initiative from their end.  “As part of this region, we continue to receive full support and assistance from the regional agencies relative to our local development initiatives, to  gain  a more secure footing in the wake of  natural calamities that beset us, towards the socioeconomic development of the province, as a whole,” she said.

Moreover, responding to the report on the status of the implementation of the various projects in Davao Oriental, Governor Malanyaon called on the RDC XI, as the primary institution that sets the direction of Davao Region’s economic and social development, to pass a policy action through its monitoring arm, the  Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) XI, to address unnecessary delays and other concerns on project implementation.

Director Lim, on the other hand, assured Davao Oriental’s officials that issues and concerns shall be considered as part of the key agenda items in the meetings of the RDC XI and its Committees. She also added that the implementing agencies shall be properly advised on the issues raised, particularly to observe proper coordination with the LGUs in the implementation of their respective programs and projects.

The conduct of the Roadshow in the different provinces and highly urbanized city in the Region is part of the advocacy efforts of the RDC XI for the successful implementation of the Updated Davao Regional Development Plan, 2014-2016. The roadshow was pursued to effectively communicate, promote awareness and educate the various stakeholders of Davao Region on the Updated Plan. At the same time, generate support in the implementation of the Plan for the achievement of Davao Region’s goals and objectives.

Aspiring for sustained motivation among the various stakeholders in the Region, Director Lim explained that the Council believes that efforts like the conduct of roadshows for Plan advocacies shall contribute significantly in achieving the desired results for its implementation, particularly in generating affirmative action and local initiative through further  collaborative efforts among various  development stakeholders.