CAR RDC secoms identify priorities for 2014
by Ma. Emelie Daquipil
The Cordillera Regional Development Council (CAR RDC), in coming up with plans for more focused secom plans and activities for 2014, conducted the “Workshop on Setting the RDC Sectoral Committees’ Agenda for 2014”.
The workshop was held on February 27, 2014, at the Child and Family Service Philippines, Inc., in Guisad, Baguio City. It was attended by about 56 participants led by the RDC Acting Chairperson and the RDC’s Sectoral Committee Chairpersons.
The objective of this activity is to ensure that the CAR Regional Development Plan goals and objectives are supported by the identified programs and projects of the region’s government agencies/organizations.
In the said workshop, the participants, grouped according to the sectoral committee they belong to, identified the major issues that affect the attainment of their respective sectors’ goals and objectives), and prioritized the actions that can be done at the secom level to address these concerns. These priority actions shall then form part of the proposed sectoral committees’ agenda for the year 2014.
First set of BLISTT Governing Council officials elected
by Freda Toyoken
Local Executives of Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay elected the first set of BLISTT Governing Council Officers in a breakfast meeting last February 27, 2014 at the Prince Plaza Hotel. Voted were Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan as Chairman, Sablan Mayor Arthur Baldo as Co-Chairman, La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda as Treasurer, and Tublay Mayor Ruben Paoad as Secretary.
As stipulated in the recently signed MOA, the elected officials will have a one year term and the elected Chairman of the Governing Council will also be the Chairman of the Development Council.
Oath taking of the new BLISTT Officers is scheduled on March 7, 2014 which will also be a BLISTT Development Council Meeting.
Mayors sign BLISTT Agreement
By Freda Toyoken
Mayors of Baguio, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba and Tublay signed the BLISTT Amended Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in a breakfast meeting last January 17, 2014 at the Prince Plaza Hotel, Baguio City subject to their respective Sanggunian Bayan/Panglungsod’s confirmation. La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda awaits the confirmation and authorization to sign from La Trinidad’s Sanggunian Bayan.
If confirmed by the respective Sanggunian Bayan/Panglungsod, the signed Amended MOA will supersede the 2012 BLISTT MOA together with any agreements previously signed by the parties.
The amended MOA creates the Governing Council, composed of the BLISTT Local Executives, and the Development Council composed of the BLISTT Mayors together with their respective Municipal Planning and Development Officers (MPDOs), Baguio and Benguet Congressmen, Benguet Governor, Benguet and Baguio City/Provincial Police Directors, LOGODEF, and regional line agencies namely the DILG, DENR, DOT, DPWH, DTI, NCIP, and NEDA.
RDC conducts seminar on Parliamentary Procedures
“The conduct of effective meetings is basically common sense!”, this was how Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan drove home his point to the RDC CAR members, CSOs and agency technical staff who attended the RDC-sponsored seminar on Parliamentary Procedures on 4 February 2014 at Hotel Supreme, Baguio City.
The activity is part of the continuing capability-building of the RDC for its members and staff to improve its policy-formulation and coordination functions. The seminar focused on how to effectively manage meetings to save time while ensuring orderly discussions and arrive at sound decisions.
In her opening remarks, the acting RDC Chairperson, Dir. Milagros A. Rimando of NEDA CAR emphasized the importance of following proper procedures in the conduct of meetings to ensure that resolutions and decisions are binding and acceptable to the parties concerned.
Poverty incidence in CAR projects a gradual decrease
By Shah Balaw-ing
The 2012 poverty estimates recently released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) showed a gradual decrease in the region’s poverty incidence.
The 2012 Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) family poverty incidence was estimated at 17. 5 percent which is much lower than the 19.2 percent incidence in 2009. This means the poor families in 2009 have decreased by 595 families in 2012.
NEDA holds Communications and Advocacy Planning Seminar-Workshop
By Shah Balaw-ing
Baguio City: A Communication and Advocacy seminar-workshop was conducted last December 19-20, 2013 by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) with the assistance of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
The seminar-workshop, attended by Information Officers of different line agencies, was held at the Ating Tahanan, South Drive. A representative of the province of Apayao and member of the media were also in attendance.