The Davao  Regional Development Council (RDC XI) created the Information Communication Team (ICT) for the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa (BP2)  Program during its 3rd quarter meeting on September 16.

Executive Order (EO) No. 114  institutionalizes the BP2 Program as a pillar of balanced regional development to boost countryside development and inclusive growth. It also  created the BP2 Council to oversee its implementation. The EO further provides for the creation of a BP2 Program  Communication Group, whose main function is to develop a BP2 Program communication Strategy and implement a communication plan.

The Davao Region Communication for Development Network (C4DNet XI) is deemed as an ideal mechanism for the BP2 Program ICT in view of its involvement in the RDC XI development advocacies.

The C4DNet XI is the Council’s communication and development arm composed of public information officers from local government units, national government agencies, and  state universities and colleges in Davao.

The BP2 Program or BP2P-ICT shall be composed of the  National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office in Davao  as  chairperson and secretariat which shall set the strategic direction for the communication and advocacy of the program. Meanwhile, Philippine Information (PIA XI)  will be its   co-chairperson and spokesperson of the group which  shall assist in the development of a BPW  strategic communication and advocacy plan. Moreover, the   Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development XI shall be the  vice-chairperson which  shall establish mechanisms for feedback and consultations. Members of the BP2P-ICT include the region’s Departments of Tourism, Interior and Local Government, Transportation, Labor and Employment, Agriculture, Information and Communications Technology, Agrarian Reform including the National Housing Authority and C4DNet.

Effective communication and advocacy is crucial to guarantee a whole-of-society approach, and to ensure active participation of all stakeholders to improve coordination, understanding and support for the BP2P