Bicol holds 2nd quarter Regional Development Council full meeting


Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has led the the Second Quarter Full Council meeting of the Regional Development Council Region V in Legazpi City.

An awarding ceremony was held during the meeting where the Catanduanes Project Monitoring Committee was awarded as the Outstanding Local Project Monitoring Committee for CY 2017 (Provincial level) followed by Camarines Sur PMC, and Sorsogon PMC.

The Legazpi City PMC was awarded as the Outstanding Local Project Monitoring Committee for CY 2017 (City level).

The awardees for Outstanding Local PMCs were given a cash of P20,000.

Meanwhile, the seal of Good Local Governance Post Compliance Certificate was awarded to Camarines Norte.

The council, chaired by Governor Bichara, discussed the CY 2017 Regional Development Report which was eventually approved after discussion.

“Tackled in CY 2017 Regional Development Report was Groundwork in 2017 including the Malasakit Pillar: enhancing the social fabric ensuring a people-centered, cleaned and efficient governance, pursuing swift and fair administration of justice, and promoting PH culture and values,” the provincial government of Albay said.

“For the pagbabago pillar: Inequality reducing transformation ; CY 2017 recorded growth in agriculture sector expanded by 2.8%, fishery expanded by 2%, Industry expanded by 3.6% and services expanded by 6.5%. To reduce inequality of individuals and families there is a 100% coverage of social pension, and 83% Philhealth coverage,” it added.

“Foundations for sustainable development ensuring security, public order, & safety, 66 out of 120 LGUs has approved localized and anti-crime section plans. While to accelerate infrastructure development, there is 99% energization rate: 77% sitio energization rate. Continuous upgrading of airports, seaports and facilities are also being done,” it also said.

Meanwhile, DOST Regional Director Tomas Briñas discussed the
research and development agenda including its priority areas and programs of Bicol’s Regional Research and Development Center.

Another agenda tackled was the RLUC Resolution No. 1-02 on Mayon Volcano 6-km Permanent Danger Zone with other recommendations which were eventually approved for endorsement to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Albay.