NEDA-RDC XI, Bangkal, Davao City- The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Davao Region led the budget hearing and consultation of all national government agencies (NGA’s) and state colleges and universities (SUC’s) last February 18-20, 2020 at the NEDA-RDC Office at Bangkal, Davao City.
Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, the concurrent Chair of RDC-XI presided over the hearing and consultation. RDC-XI Vice Chairperson Maria Lourdes Lim of the National Economic Development Authority, representatives from the Department of Budget and Management-XI led by Director Annabelle Atillo, and members of the RDC Executive Committee (ExeCom) also participated in the three-day budget hearing.
Regional directors, assistant directors, college and university presidents, and authorized representatives presented to the RDC ExeCom their proposed budgets for 2021. Representatives of the different local government units (LGU’s) were also present to ensure that their respective LGU’s get a reasonable share in next year’s budget.
Commitment for an all-inclusive budget
Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado, the designated Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security for Davao Region mandated national government agencies and local government units to be mindful of the lasting impacts of their programs and projects in the government’s bid to end local insurgency.
For 2021, the RDC scrutinized every agency’s allocation for the Task Force to End Local Communist Insurgency, its compliance to the mandated budget allotment for Gender and Development (GAD) and for the Indigenous People’s (IP’s).
Sec. Avisado underscored that he will only include RDC-approved programs, projects and activities in the country’s National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2021.
Executive Order 325 signed by President Fidel V. Ramos mandates RDC to be the primary institution that coordinates and sets the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region. It also serves as a forum where local efforts can be related and integrated with national development initiatives.
Peace and development in Davao Region
A total of 48 national government agencies and state colleges and universities presented their respective regional budgets. Out of 48 agencies, 43 were unanimously endorsed and five were conditionally endorsed.
For 2021, infrastructure gets a lion share of the region’s budget comprising 56 percent, the social sector received 34 percent, and the development administration and the economic sector gets 5 percent, respectively.
Gov. Tyron Uy, in his part, shared the importance of making the 2021 budget reflective of the region’s aspiration for peace.
“If there is something I learned in my whole stint as Regional Peace and Order for three years (2016-2019), it is the crucial role of development in peace-building. If we do not address poverty and underdevelopment, there will be no peace. As a governor of a province
I find it fitting that I am a governor from a province with a lot of Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas. I know a thing or two about places hardly reached by development. Now that I am RDC Chair, we are doing our very best to make sure that development reaches to places where it is most needed”, he quipped.
He also said that with local government units actively participating in the budget deliberations, they will have a say on how national government agencies allocate their resources.
“Local government units need to be consulted especially on the budget priorities of national line agencies. In that way, they can help us secure development and peace in our respective localities”, he continued.