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RDC VIII, NEDA VIII launch Eastern Visayas Regional Development Plan 2023-2028

PALO, Leyte -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) VIII and the National Economic and Development Authority  (NEDA) VIII officially launched the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Plan (EV RDP) 2023-2028 on Wednesday, August 16, at the Summit Hotel, Tacloban City. 

During the launch, the EV RDP was introduced to various stakeholders and gathered commitments  from them in the hope of achieving the goals and targets of the Plan by 2028.

#MabuligAko in Waray  or #MutabangKo in Bisaya was also launched as the official call to action. The phrases both mean “I  will help” in English. 

Over 200 participants from around the country, representing international, national, and local  stakeholders from the government, civil society, business sector, academe, media, and the youth  attended the event and signed their individual commitments to help make the Plan a reality.

University of Eastern Philippines President Cherry I. Ultra and Biliran Province State University President Victor C. Canezo Jr. sign their personal message of commitment to Plan implementation. (Judith Maris Gizman/NEDA VIII)

NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development Carlos Bernardo O. Abad Santos, as the honored  guest representing Secretay Arsenio M. Balisacan, reminded the participants that the work was only  beginning. 

“The completion of this Plan does not mark the end of our journey; it is merely the beginning of the  crucial phase of translating strategies into action and continuously evaluating their effectiveness,” said  Usec. Abad Santos in his key message.

Presidential Management Staff Undersecretary Mark Roa Gimenez and Gesellschaft für Internationale  Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Country Director for the Philippines and Pacific Islands Immanuel Gebhardt shared their messages of commitment.

Likewise, representatives from various sectors in the region also stated their commitments. Among them were RDC VIII Co-Chairperson Leo Christian V. Lauzon,  Eastern Samar Vice-Governor Maricar Sison-Goteesan, Regional Gender and Development Committee  VIII Co-Chairperson/GAD representative Paulina L. Nayra, Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining  (PASAR) Corporation General Manager and President Werner Van Schalkwyk, PWD representative  Philip Ting, PASUC VIII President and Visayas State University President Edgardo E. Tulin, and Youth  representative Mr. John Paul E. De Guzman.

Participants line up to sign the commitment book and share their personal commitments to the EV RDP implementation. (Judith Mariz Guzman)

Meanwhile, the RDC VIII Chairperson and Ormoc City Mayor Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez committed to  lead the Council in ensuring the members play their part in achieving the Plan targets. 

“As Chairperson of the RDC VIII, I commit that each one of our members will do his/her part to ensure  that the vision of the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Plan 2023-2028 will become a reality. In  my role leading the Council, I will ensure that we will not lose our drive or focus on bringing inclusive  and sustainable development to the people of Eastern Visayas,” stated Chairperson Torres-Gomez.

In closing, NEDA VII Regional Director and RDC VIII Vice-chairperson Meylene C. Rosales emphasized  the need for public action to spur regional development. 

“Gone are the days when we think of the people only as recipients of development. They are more  than that, for they are also the means to development. Development calls for a whole-of-society  action,” said Director Rosales. 

The launch ended with the participants vibrantly and happily shouting #MabuligAko! #MutabangKo! and #I will help! in unison. (NEDA-8/Knulp D. Aseo)

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