The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) approved its updated Manual of Operations during the 2nd Quarter Regular Meeting on June 9, 2022, in Baguio City.
“The manual of operations is updated every time there is a new administration with a new set of officials, including the private sector representatives (PSRs) in the Council,” RDC-CAR Vice-Chairperson and NEDA-CAR Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling said. RDC Secretary and Assistant Regional Director Stephanie F. Christiansen added that several RDC-CAR resolutions that clarify RDC operations have to be reflected in the manual.
ARD Christiansen presented new provisions in the updated RDC-CAR Manual of Operations such as: (1) nomination on the floor for RDC Chairperson and Co-Chairperson nominees and documentary requirements for presidential appointment; (2) vacancy to the position of the Chairperson and Co-Chairperson for PSRs who filed certificate of candidacy; (3) additional subcommittees, support committees, and special bodies; (4) RDC-CAR’s relationship with other special bodies; (5) RDC Full Council confirmation of resolutions passed by the Executive Committee; 6 SeCom representation during RDC meetings; and, 7 coverage of the RDC Awards and Recognition.
She also highlighted the new provisions on the qualification and selection of Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) to include: a In case of a tie, toss the coin to settle the issue instead of secret balloting to avoid term sharing; b disqualify a PSR nominee that lost in political elections; and, c vacate the post when running for the national and local election without replacement.
“For basic sectors listed with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), the Private Sector Organizations (PSOs) shall nominate two basic sectors among themselves as representatives in the RDC,” RD Sumbeling also pointed out.
Updating the RDC-CAR manual went through a series of consultations with the PSRs, the sectoral, and support committees from April 11 to June 2, 2022, with the advisory from the NEDA Board Secretariat to include the latest national issuances.
By Belinda Lucas