The Private Sector Representatives (PSRs) of the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) are preparing for the 13th RDC-PSR National Convention (NatCon) hosted by RDC Region 1 on April 28-29, 2022 which will be held online. Prior meetings were held to discuss their position and recommendations on the proposed policy agenda during the Business Meeting. They will be showcasing the weaving culture of the Cordillera through their attire with traditional woven patterns.
While this will be held online, the 12 CAR representatives will be convening physically at the RDC Hall in Baguio City to facilitate group learning and input. They will be joined by their counterparts from RDC Region 3 who will be meeting with them earlier for a sharing session on best practices on the role of PSRs in regional development through the RDC.
The NatCon is held annually to discuss current regional development concerns. On the first day, a forum will be held on topics related to recoveries from the COVID 19, public utility modernization plan, and climate change and climate justice. Moreover, the roles of the PSRs in the implementation of Executive Order 138, s.2021, on Full Devolution of Certain Functions of the Executive Branch to Local Government Unit will be presented.
On the second day, sectoral concerns shall be discussed during the business meeting. These include proposed resolutions on the creation of a separate coordinating body for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises as the Philippine mandate for economic recovery in the country; enabling the LGUs and communities to access the various mechanisms for climate finance, technology development, and transfer and capacity building; among others.
Usec. Mercedita A. Sombilla of the NEDA Regional Development Group will deliver the inspirational message capping the NatCon.
Mr. Philip M. Tingonong, Abra-PSR and the Co-Chairperson of the RDC-CAR will head the CAR’s delegates at the NatCon. They will be joined by NEDA-CAR Regional Director Susan A. Sumbeling and Assistant Regional Dir. Stephanie Christiansen, the Council’s Vice-Chairperson and Secretary, respectively.
By Virginia L. Anceno