The Regional Development Council (RDC) IX conducted its 171st Regular Meeting via Zoom Application on 03 December 2020.  One of the 35 resolutions passed was the endorsement of the Zamboanga Peninsula Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Action Plan 2020-2030 to the National BP² Council. The Plan was earlier approved by the RDC IX-BP² Special Committee chaired by Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORDS) IX and subsequently endorsed to the Council.

RDC IX Chair, Gov. Victor J. Yu presiding the meeting, with RDC IX Vice-Chair RD Phlorita A. Ridao of NEDA IX

In attendance were Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay, Atty. Wilter Y. Palma, and President of League of Municipalities for Zamboanga del Norte, Mayor Roberto L. Uy Jr. of Liloy. Also in attendance were directors and representatives of 21 regional line agencies, representatives of five local government units, 11 Private Sector Representatives and six special non-voting members.

RDC IX Chairperson and Governor of Zamboanga del Sur, Hon. Victor J. Yu presided the meeting. In his opening remarks, he stressed the major accomplishments of the council despite the challenges brought about by COVID-19. “We were greatly challenged by the circumstances, and our way of life changed in an instant. But our resilience, dedication to public service, and collective effort helped us adapt to the new and better normal” Chair Yu said.

Some of the participants of the meeting

Other major resolutions passed were the following: (a) Endorsement of the Farm to Market Development Program of Department of Agriculture IX for CY 2020 under Bayanihan 2; and (b) Approving the Priority Programs and Projects of Zamboanga Peninsula for presentation during the Mindanao Leaders’ Summit in January 2021.

The 172nd Regular Meeting of the council is tentatively scheduled on 04 March 2021 via video conference. (Ric Luke B. Garcia, NEDA IX)