The Regional Development Council (RDC) XI convened for its 2021 First Quarter Full Council Meeting via Zoom on March 9, 2021. Among the substantive matters tackled by the Council was its CY 2020 Accomplishment Report.

RDC XI Acting Secretary and NEDA XI OIC-ARD Mario Realista presented the CY 2020 Accomplishment Report to the Council

CY 2020 was the first full year served by the members of the RDC XI for the term 2019-2022. While it was a year of unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council persevered to carry out its functions and responsibilities in order to keep Davao Region’s development goals on track.

The Council conducted six full council meetings for the year 2020 (one face-to-face meeting and five virtual meetings), viz: four regular quarter meetings and two special meetings (Special RDC XI Full Council Meeting on COVID-19 and Special RDC XI Meeting on the Mindanao Railway Project Tagum-Davao-Digos (MRP-TDD) Segment.

Through the formulation and approval of the RDC XI Guidelines on the Conduct of Virtual Meetings, the Council adapted to the New Normal. A total of one hundred sixty-two resolutions (162) were passed by the Council, which emanated from its different Sectoral and Special Committees, viz: RDC XI Full Council Meeting (29), Economic Development Committee XI (20), Development Administrative Committee XI (8), Infrastructure Development Committee XI (20), Social Development Committee XI (24), Macroeconomy and Finance Committee XI (3), Regional Gender and Development Committee XI (4), Regional Halal Committee XI (4), Regional Project Monitoring Committee XI (17), Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee XI (21), Metropolitan Davao Development Coordinating Committee (5),  Regional Land Use Committee XI (4), Special Committee on the Regional Government Center (1), and Special RDC XI Full Council Meeting on COVID-19 (4).

The RDC XI confirmed its endorsements on FY 2021 budget proposals of 48 Agency Regional Offices (AROs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and selected Government-owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) in Davao Region amounting to PhP 281 Billion.

The RDC XI during its 2021 1st Quarter Full Council Meeting

Among the significant accomplishments of the Council for CY 2020 were: (a) the virtual launch of the Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP), 2017-2022, Midterm Update and its accompanying documents, namely: the 2017-2022 Midterm Update of the Regional Development Investment Program, the DRDP Results Matrices, and the Davao Regional Development Research Agenda (DRDRA) on date. The said virtual launching event also highlighted Davao Region’s Recovery Program for COVID-19, (b) the creation of the Davao Region Balik  Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program (BP2P) Special Committee and the formulation of the Davao Region BP2P Implementation Action Plan, (c) the major projects endorsed by the Council which were funded/started in CY 2020, and (d) the conduct of the RDC XI Strategic Planning and Capacity Building Programs. – Apple Pascual, NEDA XI