MATINA, Davao City (PIA)-- Governor Dorothy Montejo-Gonzaga of Davao de Oro lauded the Regional Development Council XI for creating and completing the Davao Regional Development Plan 2023-2028.
"I would like to commend the Regional Development Council XI for their work in creating the Davao Regional Development Plan for CY 2023-2028. With the creation of this Plan, the path towards authentic and all-inclusive development has only just begun" said Gonzaga in support to the rercent launching and unveiling of the Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP) 2023-2028.
On May 23, 2023, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XI thru Regional Development Council (RDC) XI officially launched the DRDP 2023–2028 at Mapua MCM Auditorium, Matina, Davao City. This is a blueprint that contains the Davao Region's priority development agendas for the next six years.
Meanwhile, RDC XI Chairperson Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon of Davao Oriental, in her message, expressed appreciation to the stakeholders for pledging their all-out support of the plan and reiterated their significant roles to champion what was embodied in the plan.
“We are here to affirm our respective roles in the implementation of this comprehensive and inclusive socio-economic plan for Davao region. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts… we need to work in synergy for us to deliver meaningful public service for all Dabawenyos” Malanyaon said.
Moreover, Gonzaga noted that the undertaking was a result of how government works hand-in-hand with its partners in pursuit of the one goal of accelerating the Davao region’s socio-economic status despite the hurdles brought by the pandemic.
“I am elated that this plan has the support of our people because it reflects the aspirations, needs, and goals of our community as a whole. May this serve as an inspiration for us to keep ramping up our efforts, staying steadfast and unrelenting as we work together to improve the lives of every citizen in Davao Region” Gonzaga added.
Right before the launch, NEDA XI Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim said in a press conference that NEDA, together with its partners, assures to exceed Davao region’s position as among the top three fastest-growing regional economies in the country.
“We are targeting to sustain high levels of economic growth, create more, quality and green jobs, keep prices of commodities stable, improve the welfare of individuals and families, and build resilient and livable communities,” Lim said.
According to her, the goal of the plan was to drive positive and significant changes in the quality of life in the region by increasing the economic growth rate from 7.8 to 9.3%, decreasing the unemployment rate between 3.6 to 3.9%, decreasing overall inflation between 2.0 to 4.0%, decreasing poverty incidence between 9.5 to 9.9% and constructed 12,970 housing units by the year 2028.
Through the whole-of-nation approach, DRDP 2023-2028 was successfully crafted and launched by the collective efforts of various development partners from the national government agencies, local government units, state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, business and basic sectors, and civil society organizations in Davao Region. (PIA XI/PR from Provincial Government of Davao de Oro)