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NEDA VIII calls for stakeholders’ support to EV RDP 2023-2028 implementation during the 1st EV Infrastructure Summit

PALO, Leyte -- The National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office VIII (NEDA VIII) called for stakeholders to support the implementation of the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Plan (EV RDP) 2023-2028 during the First Eastern Visayas Infrastructure Summit 2023 held at the Summit Hotel, Tacloban City, on August 30-September 1, 2023.

The Plan, launched in early August, is anchored on Ambisyon Natin 2040 and is a product of consultations with various partners and stakeholders, including the Department of Public Works and Highways VIII (DPWH VIII).

In her message, NEDA VIII OIC-Regional Director Evangeline M. Paran thanked DPWH VIII Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon for making the Summit a reality and enjoined all stakeholders to continue working together to attain the goals and targets in the Plan, emphasizing the official call to action #MabuligAko (I will help). 

(Left) NEDA VIII OIC-Regional Director Evangeline M. Paran presents the EV RDP 2023-2028; (right) NEDA VIII technical staff, who serve as co-facilitator, attend the briefing with DPWH VIII technical staff and consultants. (Mark G. Lomboy/NEDA VIII)

The First Eastern Visayas Infrastructure Summit aims to harmonize and integrate efforts towards effective planning and implementation of infrastructure projects in the region, laying the groundwork for expanded and upgraded infrastructure in Eastern Visayas – a key strategy for socioeconomic transformation in the Philippine and Regional Development Plans. 

Parallel sessions were conducted during the summit on relevant topics on infrastructure programs and projects, including Planning and Budget Preparation; Procurement Procedures and Processes; Construction  Project Management; Design Criteria and Standards; Comprehensive Policy Guidelines on the Maintenance of National Roads and Bridges; Policies on Road Right of Way; Preparation of Program of Work and  Detailed Unit Price Analysis; Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; and Quality Assurance and  Quality Control in Project Management. 

NEDA VIII Technical Staff, Engr. Joshua Vincent Araba, co-facilitates the session on Procurement Procedures/Processes. (Mark G. Lomboy/NEDA VIII)

More than 200 participants were present during the event, including members of Congress and their representatives; local chief executives, department heads, and representatives from the local  government units; regional line agencies; the academe; civil society, investors, and members of the  business community.

Members of the Panel of Judges for the Special Awards headed by DBM VIII Assistant Regional Director Aleli N. Hernandez (2nd from left) with Kara Patria Margallo of the Presidential Management Staff VIII (left), Engr. Joshua Vincent Araba (center), RDC VIII-IUDC Co-Chairperson and Private Sector Representative for Information and Communications Technology Imelda Angulo-Andales (2nd from right), and Manager Imelda Bonifacio of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) (right). (Mark G. Lomboy/NEDA VIII)

The RDC VIII-Advisory Committee approved the conduct of the Summit through Resolution No. 2, Series of 2023. The DPWH VIII spearheaded the event, in partnership with the offices of the House  Speaker and Leyte First District Representative, Hon. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Tingog Partylist  represented by Hon. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and Hon. Jude A. Acidre, and NEDA Regional Office  VIII. (Meliza Y. Bacolbas/NEDA-8)  

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